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Wounded Knee Defendants Convicted

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Four Woundec! Knee defendants have been convicted of conspiracy to interfere with federal officers, the first four convictions the government has won inits detendant prosecution. Mark Fleury. Larry Johns, Colin Wesaw and Reginald Dodge were arrested on April 27, 1973 while running guns anc medical supplies into Wounded Knee. The convictions come despitt crepancies in testimony by federal officers? lost evidence and other indications of' government misconduct. Theywere handed down by Judge Warren Urbom in Lincoln, Nebraska October 17th, after a non-jury trial. All other convictions the govemment has so far secured against American lndian Movement members stem from protests in Custer, South Dakota following the fatal stabbing of 20-year old Wesley Bad Heart Buil. The most notorious is the conviction of Wesley's mother, Sarah Bad Heart Buil, for "conspiracy to commit riot with arson" although she was sitting in a jail cel! at the peak of the protest. Sarah was denied appeal bond and given twenty-four hours to arrange care for her six children before being committed