Red Lake man sentenced to 22 years in prison for murder

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

MINNEAPOLIS– A Red Lake man was sentenced to 22 years in prison for second degree murder in the federal courts.

According to a release, 18-year-old Michael Wayne Whitefeather pleaded guilty last December and was sentenced yesterday.

Whitefeather and other members of the “Back of Town” gang were driving around looking for rival gang members on the Red Lake reservation when they encountered the victim walking in a parking lot.

Whitefeather mistook the victim for a rival gang member, and chased after the victim and shot him in the face with a shotgun after assaulting him.

After spending 264 months in a federal prison, Whitefeather will spend five years under supervised release.


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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