Published May 03 2012
Former Belcourt fire chief to plead guilty to theft of department's pickupBISMARCK — The former fire chief of the Belcourt Rural Fire Department says he will plead guilty to theft of government property.
Authorities say Francis Demery retitled into his own name a 1999 Chevrolet pickup truck he was using in his official capacity, and also used the vehicle for collateral on a loan.
The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. The government says it will recommend a sentence of probation and restitution for the value of the pickup.