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Ex-leader of Cedarville Rancheria sentenced to death for crimes

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Cherie Rhoades is seen here in 2012. Photo: Cedarville Rancheria

The former chairwoman of the Cedarville Rancheria was sentenced to death in connection with the murders of four people at the tribal offices in California.

Cherie Louise Rhoades, 47, was convicted in December of four counts of first-degree murder. A jury found her guilty of shooting Rurik Davis, 50, her brother; Angel Penn, 19, her niece; Glenn Calonicco, 30, her nephew; and Shelia Lynn Russo, 47, the tribe's administrator, to death on February, 20, 2014.

For those murders, Judge Candace Beason sentenced Rhoades to death, according to news reports.

Rhoades also was convicted of two counts of attempted murder. She was found guilty of stabbing two others -- Melissa Davis and Monica Davis, who are her nieces -- and was sentenced to 150 years in prison for those crimes, according to news reports.

The incident occurred at the tribal offices on the reservation. At the time, Rhoades and her son was being evicted from a tribal housing unit. She also was under federal investigation for alleged theft and had been suspended as chair.

"We absolutely agree with Judge Beason's ruling and are happy to finally be able to put this horrific crime to bed and hope to get Rhoades sent off to the State Prison system in the very near future," Modoc County Sheriff Mike Poindexter wrote on Facebook from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, where he was attending a crime victim's event hosted by the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

Read More on the Story:
Former Northern California tribal chair gets death penalty for shooting, stabbing spree (The Sacramento Bee 4/10)
Convicted Cedarville Rancheria Shooter Cherie Rhoades Sentenced (Fox40 4/10)
Modoc County woman who killed four gets death penalty (The Redding Record-Searchlight 4/10)
Alturas mass shooter sentenced to death (KRCR 4/10)
Death penalty handed down in tribal shooting (The Fall River Herald and News 4/10)

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