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Federal murder charges laid for shooting on Crow Reservation






A booking photo of Jesus Yeizon Deniz from the Park County Sheriff's Department in Wyoming

A non-Indian man was charged in federal court on Thursday for murdering two people on the Crow Reservation in Montana.

The criminal complaint accuses Jesus Yeizon Deniz, 18, of murdering J.S. and T.S. on Wednesday morning. Relatives and news reports have identified the victims as Jason Shane, 52, and his wife, Tana Shane, 50.

The couple's daughter, 26-year-old Jorah Shane, also was shot during the incident and remains hospitalized. Deniz has not yet been charged in connection with her victimization.

Despite being shot in the back and having a bullet graze her head and face, Jorah Shane was able to provide key details about the incident, according to an affidavit submitted with the criminal complaint. She also was able to identify Deniz as the shooter.

Family members have not yet told Jorah that her parents were killed, the Associated Press and The Billings Gazette reported.

According to the affidavit, Jorah saw Deniz get in her parents vehicle and drive away from the scene of the crime in Pryor, near the western border of the reservation. He was apprehended a couple of hours after the shooting in neighboring Wyoming.

Upon being interviewed by agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Deniz admitted that he shot three people who had stopped to help him because he had run out of gas, the affidavit stated. The .22 caliber rifle allegedly used was still in the Shanes vehicle.

"Deniz told the interviewing agents that he shot the victims because he was getting tired of waiting around, and because the daughter laughed at him," the affidavit stated.

Deniz lives in Worland, Wyoming, according to his Facebook page. Worland is about an hour east of Meeteetse, the area where he was apprehended.

It's not clear why Deniz was in Pryor, about three hours north of Worland. Authorities are looking into his trip to Montana as part of their investigation, KPAX reported.

Get the Story:
FBI says suspect in Pryor shooting says victim laughed at him (The Billings Gazette 7/31)
Survivor recalls horrific shooting, unaware parents are dead (AP 7/30)
ID of suspect in Pryor double homicide confirmed, booking photo released (MTN News 7/30)
Pryor Community Trying to Make Sense of Wednesday's Shooting (KULR 7/30)

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