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Prelims set in Chukchansi raid for November 16 in Madera

Preliminary hearings have been set for Ronald Jones, James Glasscock, John Cayanne, and Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi tribal member Vernon King. The four will appear before Judge Dale Blea beginning Nov. 16.

These are the final four from the attempted take-over and raid at the casino in Coarsegold, Oct. 2014.

Most of the 15 accused either pled guilty or had charges dismissed. Tex McDonald, who headed the Oct. 9 raid, accepted a guilty plea of felony false imprisonment, and is expected to be released for time served, on July 2.

King and McDonald were the only tribal members involved in the incident. Many of the others lived either out of county or out of state.

It is still unclear as to when the casino, which closed Oct. 10, will reopen, but loose guesses are that it could do so in six months.

- Staff report

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