Michael "Rattler" Markus

Rattler has accepted a non-cooperating plea agreement on February 13, 2018 for charges of Civil Disorder and Use of Fire to Commit a Federal Felony Offense for his righteous involvement as a water protector at Standing Rock.

Under the agreement, the Use of Fire to Commit a Federal Felony Offense charge will be dismissed and prosecutors and defense will jointly recommend a sentence of three years in prison for the Civil Disorder charge, although the judge does have the authority to go as high as 5 years.

On September 27th, Judge Hovland sentenced Rattler to 36 months in federal prison, followed by another three years of supervised release. He is expected to serve about two years in prison with ‘time served’ credit applied from his time in pre-trial detention. Rattler was released from FCI Sandstone on 1.6.2021 to a halfway house. 





Wednesday, February 2, 1972



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