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Monday, February 5, 2018

Red Lake Man Sentenced To 360 Months In Federal Prison For The Murder Of Two Individuals

United States Attorney Gregory G. Brooker today announced the sentencing of JARED DANIEL JONES, 23, to 360 months in prison for the murder of two individuals, including one minor victim. JONES, who pleaded guilty to two counts of murder in the second degree, was sentenced on February 2, 2018, before Senior Judge Donovan W. Frank in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minn. 

According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, on October 15, 2014, within the exterior boundaries of the Red Lake Indian Reservation, JONES stabbed to death an unarmed juvenile victim with whom he had an ongoing gang dispute. JONES and his fellow gang members ambushed and stabbed the victim and left him on a trail to die.

According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, on January 20, 2016, JONES and another individual drove the victim, identified as R.B., to a remote area of the Red Lake Indian Reservation. JONES and his accomplice assaulted R.B., stole his vehicle, and left him in the cold, without proper clothing or transportation, which resulted in R.B.’s death from exposure to hypothermic conditions.

The case was investigated by Red Lake Department of Public Safety, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the FBI Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force, and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Forensic Science Laboratory.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Clifford B. Wardlaw prosecuted the case.


Defendant Information:                                                                                                                     


Red Lake, Minn.


  • Murder in the second degree, 2 counts


  • 360 months, count 1
  • 262 months, served concurrently, count 2
  • Five years supervised release

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Updated February 7, 2018