Judge: Accomplice To Reservation Killing Will Stay Behind Bars
A federal judge on Friday denied an Ethete man's emotional request to be released from custody until his sentencing for his accessory-after-the-fact role in the stabbing death of a man on the Wind River Indian Reservation last June.
After hearing Garrett Revere Jr.'s request, U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Michael Shickich said he had to weigh several factors.
"This is hard," Shickich said.
Revere wanted out until his June 3 sentencing because he wanted to take care of financial matters, ensure that his family will be stable, and return to work at a restaurant.
He knows he will be gone for a long time, he said. Revere could spend between 57 months to 71 months behind bars.
Two weeks ago, Revere pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl to being an accessory-after-the-fact in the first degree murder of Jared Dean Little Whiteman on the Wind River Indian Reservation.
Revere and a codefendant loaded Little Whiteman's body and shovels into a white KIA SUV and drove to a place to bury him. The two then drove the KIA to Denver, stayed there and got rid of the vehicle.
Because of the nature of this crime and Revere's other criminal history, Shickich said he had to decline the request even though the defendant wanted to do some good things in the next few months.
"Sometimes it takes the consequences of the past to catch up," he said. "It's not just where you are now."
Part of his decision concerns what may happen to the entire case if Revere violates any law, Shickich said. There was no viable plan for his release, and he still has outstanding warrants in Fremont County, he added.
Shickich empathized with Revere, but his decision was firm, he said. "I know your heart is broken."