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Red Lake man sentenced for voluntary manslaughter

A 20-year-old Red Lake man was sentenced Monday in federal court in Duluth for unlawfully killing a 27-year-old Red Lake man Feb. 1

United States District Court Judge Richard H. Kyle sentenced Ryan Roy Cloud to 78 months in prison on one count of voluntary manslaughter. Cloud was indicted April 3 and pleaded guilty Aug. 20. A federal grand jury had previously indicted Cloud on a charge of murder.

In his plea agreement, Cloud admitted stabbing the man at a Red Lake residence during a party. According to an FBI affidavit filed in this case, Red Lake Tribal Police received a call at 9:20 p.m. Feb. 1 from the Indian Health Service Hospital. The police were told the victim of a stabbing had just arrived for care. That victim was pronounced dead at 9:42 p.m.

Shortly thereafter, police learned the victim had suffered his injuries at a Red Lake residence, so they immediately visited the scene. Outside the home, they spotted a pool of blood with a knife lying next to it. They also saw blood droplets leading from the blood pool to the entrance of the home. Inside the residence, the police found and arrested several individuals, including Cloud. Police later learned that Cloud and the victim had been wrestling, and Cloud had stabbed the victim twice.

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. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Clifford B. Wardlaw.