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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Minnesota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Two Redby Men Sentenced In Connection To November Killing

MINNEAPOLIS – Yesterday in federal court in Fergus Falls, two men from the town of
Redby were sentenced in connection to the November 3, 2010, killing of one man and the
wounding of two others on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. United States District Court Judge
John R. Tunheim sentenced Donald Leigh Clark, Jr., age 23, to 120 months in prison on one
count of discharge of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence, specifically, the
shooting of Julian Keith DeMarrias. Clark’s co-defendant, Cruze Anthony White, age 23, was
sentenced to 80 months on one count of voluntary manslaughter, for aiding and abetting Clark.

The men were indicted on January 19, 2011, and pleaded guilty on November 17, 2011.
A law enforcement affidavit filed in the case states that on November 3, 2010, Red Lake
tribal police responded to a reported shooting and found three adult men in and around a vehicle,
all with gunshot wounds. They were taken to Indian Health Services for treatment, where
DeMarrias was pronounced dead. Clark was arrested in Redby on January 15, 2011, when law
enforcement officers found him hiding in the backseat of a vehicle, under a blanket. White
surrendered himself to authorities on January 24, 2011.

This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the
Red Lake Tribal Police Department, with assistance from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives, the Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force, and the U.S. Marshals Service.
It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Clifford B. Wardlaw.

Because the Red Lake Indian Reservation is a federal-jurisdiction reservation, some of the
crimes that occur there are investigated by the FBI in conjunction with the Red Lake Tribal
Police Department. Those cases are prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

 

 

Updated April 30, 2015