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Sentence deal in Blackfeet murder case rejected

A judge in Montana rejected a sentencing agreement for a man accused of murdering the grandson of a late Blackfeet spiritual leader.

As part of a plea deal, Shannon Bullplume, 29, would have served a 28-year sentence with 13 years suspended. That means he would have been eligible for release in less than four years, The Great Falls Tribune reported.

District Judge Marc Buyske said that was too short. So Bullplume withdrew his guilty plea in the murder of Fernandel Omeasoo.

Omeasoo, 17, was the grandson of the late Blackfeet spiritual leader George Kicking Woman. Omeasoo and his family had been attending the funeral of Kicking Woman on the Blackfeet Reservation when Omeasoo was killed at a party that occurred off the reservation.

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Suspect revokes guilty plea in Cut Bank killing (The Great Falls Tribune 10/27)

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