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Final Defendant Pleads Guilty to Role in Murder and Assault on the Red Lake Indian Reservation

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A Duluth woman has pleaded guilty to her role in a murder that took place in August 2019 on the Red Lake Indian Reservation, announced United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger.

According to court documents, on August 12, 2019, Mia Faye Sumner, 21, and her co-defendants Alexia Gah Gi Gay Mary Cutbank, 21, and Daniel Charles Barrett, 31, armed with at least one handgun, entered the garage of a residence where Daniel Alan Johnson was known to reside. Once inside, Cutbank fired multiple gunshots, fatally wounding Johnson and seriously injuring a second victim, T.B.S. The three defendants returned to the waiting vehicle and left the scene. To assist the defendants in avoiding arrest, Rose Celeste Siewert, 50, drove Cutbank, Barrett, and Sumner off the Red Lake Indian Reservation.

Sumner pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court before Senior Judge Susan Richard Nelson to one count of aiding and abetting murder in the second degree. A sentencing hearing has not been scheduled.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Red Lake Tribal Police Department, the FBI, the FBI Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force, the Duluth Police Department, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and the Minnesota Department of Corrections, in collaboration with the United States Attorney’s Office Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Initiative.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Deidre Y. Aanstad is prosecuting the case.

Updated October 11, 2022

Violent Crime
Indian Country Law and Justice