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3rd suspect convicted in 2017 Pine Ridge Reservation slaying

May 7, 2019

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a man accused in a fatal shooting on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 2017.

Clarence Yellow Hawk was found guilty of first-degree murder and a weapons offense in the slaying of 42-year-old Chris Janis during a drug deal.

Yellow Hawk was one of three men charged in the slaying. Jamie Shoulders pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in March, and Scott Benson pleaded guilty a year ago to being an accessory. Shoulders is awaiting sentencing in July; Benson is serving 10 years in prison.

Yellow Hawk could face life in prison or the death penalty. Sentencing wasn’t immediately scheduled.