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Pine Ridge man pleads guilty in reservation slaying

March 6, 2019

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The second of three men accused in a fatal shooting on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 2017 has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Jamie Shoulders entered the plea in federal court Tuesday. Prosecutors say the 26-year-old Pine Ridge man went with two others to buy drugs from 41-year-old Christopher Janis in May 2017 and that Shoulders shot Janis who was in a minivan.

Clarence Yellow Hawk is still facing a first-degree murder charge and other counts in the shooting death. A third man, Scott Benson, pleaded guilty last May to being an accessory in the case. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.