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Redby men plead guilty in Red Lake Reservation shooting death


Two Redby, Minn., men pleaded guilty Thursday in connection with a shooting death that left one man dead and two others injured last year on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.

Donald Leigh Clark, Jr., 23, pleaded guilty to one count of discharge of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence against Julian Keith DeMarrias.

Co-defendant Cruz Anthony White, 23, pleaded guilty to one count of voluntary manslaughter for aiding and abetting Clark.

According to a law enforcement affidavit, Red Lake Tribal Police responded to a reported shooting Nov. 3, 2010, and found three men in and around a vehicle with gunshot wounds.

They were taken to Indian Health Services, where DeMarrias was pronounced dead.

Clark was arrested in Redby on Jan. 15, when law enforcement officers found him hiding in the back seat of a vehicle under a blanket. White surrendered to authorities nine days later.

Clark faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and a mandatory 10-year prison term. White faces a maximum 15-year prison term.

A jury trial for Clark and White was scheduled to start Thursday. U.S. District Court judge John R. Tunheim will sentence them at a future hearing.

The case was investigated by the FBI and Red Lake Tribal Police with assistance from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force and the U.S. Marshals.

The Red Lake Indian Reservation is a federal-jurisdiction reservation, and all crimes investigated in conjunction with the FBI are prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office.