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Young member of Meskwaki Tribe pleads guilty in murder case






The crime occurred at a home at 1695 340th St in Tama, Iowa, on the Meskwaki Reservation. Image from Google Maps

Jonathan Youngbear, a member of the Meskwaki Tribe of Iowa, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree murder.

Youngbear, 21, admitted the stabbed and killed his 17-year-old cousin Severn Jefferson. The incident occurred in February 2014 at a home on the reservation.

Youngbear faces life in prison with no possibility for parole. Federal prosecutors plan to request a sentence of 25 to 35 years as part of the plea deal.

A sentencing date hasn't been reported.

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Youngbear prepared to plead guilty in federal murder case (The Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier 1/27)
Youngbear to Plead Guilty to Murder (KGAN 1/27)
Meskwaki man pleads guilty in murder case (Radio Iowa 1/28)
Youngbear pleads guilty in Meskwaki Nation stabbing death (KWWL 1/28)
Man convicted in cousin's fatal stabbing (KCCI 1/28)