Red Lake man sentenced to 12 years in prison for murder of cousin

A Red Lake man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for a murder on the reservation in 2020.

According to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, 38-year-old Ralph Edward Cloud pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last July and was sentenced Tuesday.

Court documents say Cloud walked several miles to Allen Smith’s house on Sept. 12, 2020, concerned about a relationship between his wife and Smith, his cousin.

Cloud then attacked his cousin, using a metal cabinet and its drawers to beat him to death.

The Red Lake Tribal Police Department and the FBI Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force conducted the investigation.

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