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Ex-leader of Cedarville Rancheria faces death sentence for murders

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Cherie Rhoades is seen here in 2012. Photo: Cedarville Rancheria

The former chairwoman of the Cedarville Rancheria is facing a death sentence for the murders of four people in California.

Cherie Louise Lash Rhoades, 47, was convicted in December of four counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder. A jury found her guilty of shooting Rurik Davis, 50, her brother; Angel Penn, 19, her niece; Glenn Calonicco, 30, her nephew; and Shelia Lynn Russo, 47, the tribe's administrator, to death on February, 20, 2014.

Two others -- Melissa Davis and Monica Davis -- were also injured after Rhoades shot and stabbed them. They are daughters of Rurik Davis.

The incident occurred at the tribal offices on the reservation. At the time, Rhoades and her son was being evicted from a tribal housing unit. She also was under federal investigation for alleged theft and had been suspended as chair.

The jury that convicted Rhoades also voted to put her to death. She is due to learn her fate on April 10, The Sacramento Bee reported.

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