Cass Lake man sentenced to more than 31 years in prison for murder

A Cass Lake man was sentenced to 375 months in state prison for a murder in rural Cass Lake last year.

Twenty-one-year-old Montana Oshki-Ayaabe Cutbank entered a guilty plea to second-degree intentional murder last month.

According to Cutbank’s testimony, he fired a weapon at the victim, identified in court documents as “C.K.,” from the backseat of a vehicle.

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

Cutbank fired a round from a sawed-off shotgun which struck C.K. in the head.

The vehicle Cutbank was in had stopped at a Beltrami County residence near Cass Lake on Nov. 24, 2020.

Cutbank was apprehended in Duluth four days later.

Cutbank will receive credit for 322 days served in local custody, serving the rest of his sentence in the St. Cloud men’s prison.


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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