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Federal jury convicts Redby woman for being an accessory to violent Red Lake crime

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 24, 2012


MINNEAPOLIS – Earlier today in federal court in Duluth, a jury found a 22-year-old
Redby woman guilty of attempting to hide a suspect from federal agents. The jury convicted
Jerilee Jane Head on one count of being an accessory after the fact. Head was indicted on March
8, 2011.

According to the indictment and the evidence presented at trial, on January 15, 2011, Head
assisted her boyfriend, Donald Leigh Clark, Jr., in his attempt to elude authorities. Clark was
hiding from law enforcement after being charged with the November 3, 2010, killing of one man
and the wounding of two others on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. Clark was ultimately found
hiding under a blanket in the back seat of Head’s vehicle, after Head had tried but failed to lure
federal agents away from the car.

On November 17, 2011, Clark, age 23, also of Redby, pleaded guilty to one count of
discharging a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence, specifically during the
shooting of Julian Keith DeMarrias.

For her crime, Head faces a potential maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison. United
States District Court Judge Richard H. Kyle will determine her sentence at a future hearing. This
case is 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 is
being 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.

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