Three Accessory-After-The-Fact Defendants In Reservation Killing Enter Pleas
One day last June, Garrett Revere Jr., woke up in a trailer near Ethete after having passed out from heavy drinking.
As Revere came to, he saw Jaymes Whiteplume pulling a tarp over the body of Jared Dean Little Whiteman whose throat had been cut, he told U.S. District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl on March 18.
He and Will Wallowingbull earlier had picked up Little Whiteman from where he lived with his grandmother to talk with Whiteplume and others about selling drugs. A tip from Little Whiteman about a trailer with $25,000 in it didn't pan out, and Whiteplume was furious.
By then it was too late. Revere and others pulled Little Whiteman from the bedroom where he was stabbed to death, put on gloves, and tied up the body with duct tape while others tried to clean up the blood.
Revere and Byron Spoonhunter loaded the 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, he told Skavdahl during a plea for being an accessory after the fact in Little Whiteman's murder.
Skavdahl accepted Revere's statement.
Depending on the results of his presentence investigation, he could face between 57 months to 71 months incarceration, Skavdahl said, adding that he has the right to reject the plea agreement.
Revere's sentencing date has not been set. He remains in custody.
Wallowingbull and Chrissy Big Eagle, like Revere, were charged last week with being accessories after the fact to Little Whiteman's murder.
The lead defendants in the case are Whiteplume, Byron Spoonhunter and Susan Chippewa. They are each charged with first degree felony murder and aiding and abetting first degree murder. Whiteplume also faces charges of kidnapping leading to death, and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence. If convicted, they could be sentenced to life imprisonment. Their trial is set for April 27.
In the accessory-after-the-fact charges, Revere was the first to enter his plea.
On that same day, Big Eagle also pleaded guilty. She was released on a $10,000 bond. Her sentencing has been set for June 5.
Monday, Wallowingbull entered his guilty lea. He, too, was released on a $10,000 bond. His sentencing has been set for June 12.
Skavdahl also ordered them to have no contact with each other or the main defendants.