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Former Tribal Leaders Sentenced in Cigarette Case

Associated Press - March 17, 2009 12:55 PM ET

SEATTLE (AP) - Three former Stillaguamish tribal leaders have been sentenced to prison for contraband cigarette sales in Arlington.

U.S. District Judge James L. Robart sentenced Ed Goodridge Sr. and his son, Eddie Jr., on Monday to a year and two months. Their cousin, Sara Schroedl, got eight months in prison and Linda Goodridge, the wife of Ed Goodridge Sr., who is not a tribal member, got four months of home detention.

The four also owe more than $25 million for state taxes they avoided paying at the Blue Stilly Smoke Shop.

The Goodridges and Schroedl are former tribal council members.

Tribal council chairman Shawn Yanity says the tribe was misled in approving the cigarette sales and was a victim in the case. He adds that the tribe's role remains under investigation.

Information from: The Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com

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