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Ho-Chunk tribal member pleads guilty to bribery


MADISON, Wisconsin (WXOW) - A Black River Falls man who was a former legislator for the Ho-Chunk Nation pleads guilty in federal court for accepting a bribe.

Clarence Pettibone, 53, made his plea for accepting an $8,000 1989 Pontiac Firebird in 2007 from two members of the Trinity Financial Group.  According to the U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil, Pettibone accepted the vehicle knowing it was intended to influence and reward him for his support of Trinity.

The two people who gave Pettibone the car, Timothy Whiteagle and Deborah Atherton, face charges for their role in the case.  Their trials are set to start in July.

The company, in part to Pettibone's support in the Ho-Chunk Nation legislature, received $250,000 for a housing study.

Sentencing for Pettibone is scheduled for July 23.  He faces a maximum of 10 years in federal prison when sentenced.



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