The Red Lake band of Chippewa, hit by a major school shooting case last month, will receive $455,000 in restitution funds from a white-collar fraud case to remodel its high school, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. The Red Lake school “was going to need to be remodeled to create a safe working environment and learning environment,” U.S. Attorney Tom Heffelfinger said. “You couldn’t send the kids back into the exact same physical layout and design as they were in the day their classmates got killed,” he said.
U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson continued the pattern he set in earlier sentencings by going beyond the traditional convention of awarding restitution to parties directly affected by crimes. Magnuson has directed restitution toward groups that could help discourage crimes, and now to a traumatized school. Other money from the defendants was directed to to two nonprofit organizations that deal with business ethics issues. Assistant U.S. Attorney Hank Shea has said that it was the first time extraordinary restitution has been directed to ethics education in Minnesota, and one of the few times a judge has taken such action anywhere in the country.