Final defendant enters plea for role in Red Lake homicide

The final defendant has just entered a guilty plea for her role in the murder and assault on the Red Lake Reservation more than three years ago.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, 21-year-old Mia Sumner of Duluth pleaded guilty Tuesday to aiding and abetting murder in the second degree.

Court documents say that Sumner and her co-defendants, 21-year-old Alexia Cutbank of Bemidji and 31-year-old Daniel Barrett of Redby, entered Daniel Johnson’s garage on Aug. 12, 2019.

Once inside, Cutbank fired multiple gunshots, fatally wounding Johnson and seriously injuring a second victim, identified as “T.B.S.”

Fifty-year-old Rose Siewert of Cass Lake drove the group off the reservation to avoid arrest.

Sentencing hearings have not yet been scheduled.

The Red Lake Tribal Police Department, the FBI, the Duluth Police Department, the BCA, and MNDOC conducted the investigation, in collaboration with the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Initiative.

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