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Red Lake man sentenced to 30 years in 2 reservation deaths

ST. PAUL—A Red Lake, Minn., man was sentenced Friday, Feb. 2, to 30 years in federal prison in the deaths of two people on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.

Jared Daniel Jones, 23, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty to two counts of murder in the second degree, according to a release Monday, Feb. 5, from the office of U.S. Attorney Gregory Booker.

Jones was sentenced to 360 months in prison by Senior Judge Donovan Frank in U.S. District Court in St. Paul on Friday.

According to the defendant's guilty plea and court documents, on Oct, 15, 2014, within the exterior boundaries of the Red Lake Indian Reservation, Jones stabbed to death an unarmed juvenile victim with whom he had an ongoing gang dispute. The release said Jones and his fellow gang members "ambushed and stabbed the victim and left him on a trail to die."

And, on Jan. 20, 2016, Jones and another individual drove a victim, identified as R.B., to a remote area of the Red Lake Indian Reservation. Jones and his accomplice assaulted R.B., stole his vehicle, and left him in the cold, without proper clothing or transportation, "which resulted in R.B.'s death from exposure to hypothermic conditions," the release said.

The case was investigated by Red Lake Department of Public Safety, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the FBI Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Forensic Science Laboratory.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Clifford Wardlaw prosecuted the case, the release said. Jones was also sentenced to five years of supervised release should he be released from prison.

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