Cass Lake man pleads guilty to murder

A Cass Lake man pleaded guilty to homicide charges. According to a release from the Beltrami County Attorney’s Office, Montana Cutbank entered his guilty plea to second-degree intentional murder yesterday.

During the plea hearing, Cutbank said he was a backseat passenger in a car that stopped at a residence near Cass Lake late last November.

Montana Cutbank, 21. Photo courtesy of the Beltrami County Jail Roster.

The victim emerged from a residence, and while they were standing outside the vehicle, Cutbank removed a short-barreled shotgun from beneath his clothing and fired a fatal shot to the man’s head.

Sentencing is scheduled for next month.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University.


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