Young Meskwaki Tribe man sentenced to 25 years for murder

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, was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for murdering his 17-year-old cousin.

Youngbear pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree murder. He admitted that he stabbed Severn Jefferson at a home on the reservation in February 2014.

Youngbear faced life in prison with no possibility of parole. But the plea deal and his signs of remorse led to a lower sentenced, according to news reports.

"In a plea agreement, Youngbear admitted that he stabbed Severn Jefferson twice in the neck and chest with a knife," the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a press release. "Youngbear further admitted that the victim bled to death as a result of the stab wounds. At the time he stabbed the victim, Youngbear was under the influence of alcohol and also had methamphetamine in his system."

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Man convicted of stabbing death in ‘Indian Country’ sentenced to 25 years in prison (WQAD 5/13)
Jonathan Youngbear will serve 25 years for killing 17-year-old friend (The Cedar Rapids Gazette 5/14)
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