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Redby men sentenced for November 2010 killing

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

Two Redby men have been sentenced in relation to the killing of one man and the wounding of two others.

Donald Leigh Clark Jr., 23, was sentenced to 120 months in prison on one count of discharge of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence, specifically, the shooting of Julian Keith DeMarrias.

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Clark's co-defendant, Cruze Anthony White, 23, was sentenced to 80 months on one count of voluntary manslaughter, for aiding and abetting Clark.

They were sentenced for their roles in the Nov. 3, 2010, killing of DeMarrias and wounding of two others on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.

The sentences were handed down by U.S. District Court Judge John R. Tunheim. The defendants pleaded guilty on Nov. 17.

A law enforcement affidavit filed in the case states that on Nov. 3, 2010, Red Lake tribal police responded to a reported shooting and found three adult men in and around a vehicle, all with gunshot wounds. They were taken to Indian Health Services for treatment, where DeMarrias was pronounced dead.

Clark was arrested in Redby on Jan. 15, 2011, when law enforcement officers found him hiding in the backseat of a vehicle, under a blanket. White surrendered himself to authorities on Jan. 24, 2011.

The case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Red Lake Tribal Police Department, with assistance from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force, and the U.S. Marshals Service.

It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Clifford B. Wardlaw.

Because the Red Lake Indian Reservation is a federal-jurisdiction reservation, some of the crimes that occur there are investigated by the FBI in conjunction with the Red Lake Tribal Police Department. Those cases are prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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