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Guilty pleas for murder and assault charges on Crow Reservation

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

A non-Indian man pleaded guilty to murder, assault, and firearm charges in connection with a 2015 incident on the Crow Reservation in Montana.

Jesus Deniz Mendoza, 19, admitted he shot and killed Jason Shane, 52, and his wife, Tana Shane, 50, on July 29, 2015. He also admitted to shooting and wounding the couple's daughter, Jorah Shane, who survived the attack, and to shooting at others who tried to assist the family, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a press release and in an offer of proof filed in federal court.

"I was pulled over by the side of the road and some Native Americans came and assisted me," Mendoza said in court on Tuesday, The Associated Press reported. "I knowingly shot them, got in their car and drove away."

Federal prosecutors plan to seek life sentences in connection with the two counts of second degree murder and the maximum sentences in connection with the assault and firearm charges. Sentencing takes place August 16.

Read More on the Story:
New details emerge in murder case against Wyoming man (The Casper Star-Tribune 3/6)
New details emerge in Mendoza case charged with Pryor couple murder (MTN News 3/6)
Man admits executing Pryor couple, prosecutors recommend life imprisonment (MTN News 3/7)
Man pleads guilty to killing 2 who tried to help him on road (AP 3/7)

Related Stories:
Man charged with murder of Crow Tribe couple could face death (08/26)
Federal murder charges laid for shooting on Crow Reservation (07/31)
Suspect in custody over deadly shooting on Crow Reservation (07/30)
Community on Crow Reservation on lockdown due to shooting (07/29)

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