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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 17, 2018

Red Lake Man Pleads Guilty To Murder

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the guilty plea of MICHAEL WAYNE WHITEFEATHER, 18, to murder in the second degree. WHITEFEATHER entered his guilty plea today before Judge Susan Richard Nelson in United States District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota.

According to the defendant’s guilty plea, during the early morning hours of April 28, 2018, the defendant was traveling in a car on the Red Lake Indian Reservation and saw Anthony Allen Wells and another male walking in a parking lot near the Red Lake Skate Park. WHITEFEATHER admitted to getting out of the car with a shotgun and chasing after the victim and the other male. WHITEFEATHER eventually caught up to the victim and shot him in the face, which resulted in the victim’s death.  

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Red Lake Department of Public Safety, the FBI Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force, the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force, the Bemidji Police Department, the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office, and United States Customs and Border Protection. This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, an initiative that brings together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer for everyone.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Deidre Y. Aanstad.

Defendant Information:                                                                                                                     

MICHAEL WAYNE WHITEFEATHER, 18

Red Lake, Minn.

Convicted:

  • Murder in the second degree, 1 count

 

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Updated December 17, 2018