Former head of California tribe sentenced in armed casino takeover

The former head of a California Native American tribe accused in an armed takeover of the tribe's casino has been sentenced to more than a year behind bars.

The Fresno Bee reports ( that Tex McDonald, however, was expected to be released from jail on Friday after receiving credit for time he has already served.

McDonald was accused of leading a security team that stormed the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino northeast of Fresno last year with firearms and stun guns. The takeover was part of a dispute between rival factions of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians.

McDonald pleaded guilty to false imprisonment.

The casino remains closed.