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KINDER, LA (KPLC) -

A Kinder man has pleaded guilty to robbery charges that stem from a home invasion at the Coushatta Tribal Reservation.

According to United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley, 20-year-old Chanten Keth L. Gauthreaux made his plea before U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi.

Authorities say Gauthreaux, along with John Harold Materne, Trevor James Simon, Floyd Martine and another suspect traveled to a home on the reservation on December 3, 2013, and stole illegal drugs. Gauthreaux is accused of helping take pills and marijuana.

Investigators say Simon drove the vehicle in which the suspects all fled after the home invasion. Materne is believed to have carried a shotgun during the incident. Both Gauthreaux and Materne are members of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana.

Gauthreaux faces up to 15 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine for one count of robbery in Indian Country.

Materne, 22, of Ragley, previously pleaded guilty to one count of robbery in Indian Country and one count of brandishing a firearm. He faces seven years to life in prison, five years supervised release, forfeiture and a $250,000 fine.

Sentencing dates have been set for September 11 for Gauthreaux and September 4 for Materne.

"The U.S. Attorney's Office prosecutes cases arising in Indian Country involving felonies where either the defendant or the victim is an Indian or both the defendant and the victim are Indian," said Finley in a news release.

The Coushatta Tribal Police Department, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assisted in the investigation.

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