Michael “Rattler” Markus

Rattler has accepted a non-cooperating plea agreement. On February 13, 2018 his change of plea was accepted by the judge.

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.

Sentencing has been set for May 29, 2018 at 11:00 AM in Bismarck federal court before Chief Judge Daniel Hovland.

Rattler is out on supervised pretrial release as he awaits sentencing.

To learn more about Rattler and how to support him, please visit his Support Committee website here.  Supporters can make a financial contribution directly to Rattler here.

You can also make a financial contribution to the legal defense for Rattler and the other Water Protectors facing federal charges here.

Case No: 1:17-CR-00030-DLH-1


Sandra Freeman and John Murphy.

Federal Charges:

Civil Disorder

Use of Fire to Commit a Federal Felony Offense

Press Releases:

Rattler Reaches Non-Cooperating Plea Agreement (January 21, 2018)