Three enter guilty pleas for their roles in a Red Lake homicide

Three people pleaded guilty for their roles in a murder that took place three years ago on the Red Lake Reservation.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, in August 2019, 21-year-old Alexia Cutbank of Bemidji, 21-year-old Mia Sumner of Duluth, and 31-year-old Daniel Barrett of Redby entered Daniel Johnson’s garage, armed with at least one handgun.

The criminal complaint says Cutbank fired multiple gunshots, fatally wounding Johnson and seriously injuring a second victim.

The three defendants then returned to the waiting vehicle driven by 50-year-old Rose Siewart of Cass Lake and left the scene.

Cutbank and Barrett entered pleas for aiding and abetting murder. Siewart pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact.

Sumner did not plead guilty and is scheduled to go to trial on Oct. 31.

The investigation was a collaborative effort of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Initiative, with the Red Lake and Duluth police departments, the BCA, Mn DOC and the FBI contributing.

 


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