Fort Mojave man avoids death penalty with plea to murder
John Bernard Hemmers, a member of the Fort Mojave Tribe, was sentenced to 18 to 45 years in prison for murdering a man who was dating his sister.

Hemmers, 42, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the death of Anthony Wayne Henton. He admitted he shot Henton, 38, in the back of the head and left his body near the Nevada-California line in November 2004.

Hemmers, who was featured on America's Most Wanted, faced the death penalty had the case gone to trial. "I apologize for what I did – and I did do what they say I did. I was drunk and I made a horrible mistake," he said in court, The Las Vegas Sun reported.

The crime occurred off the reservation. The Fort Mojave Tribe is based in Arizona and Nevada.

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