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Friday, November 20, 2020

First degree murder, assault and firearms charges filed against man in Crow Indian Reservation shooting

BILLINGS – An indictment filed in U.S. District Court on Thursday charges a Pryor man suspected in the fatal shooting of a woman and wounding of a man on the Crow Indian Reservation with murder, assault and firearms crimes, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said today.

The indictment charges Taylor Leigh Plain Bull, 27, with first degree murder, assault with intent to commit murder and two counts of use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

The indictment alleges that on Oct. 24, on Blue Creek Road, on the Crow Indian Reservation, Plain Bull unlawfully killed a person identified as Jane Doe with malice aforethought and that he intentionally assaulted a person identified as John Doe with intent to commit murder. The indictment further alleges Plain Bull used a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol in committing the crimes.

First degree murder carries a sentence of mandatory life in prison, a $250,000 fine and five years of supervised release. Assault with intent to commit murder carries maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. The firearms charge carries a penalty of a mandatory minimum 10 years to life in prison consecutive to any other sentence, a $250,000 fine and five years of supervised release.

An indictment is merely an accusation, and Plain Bull is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

An arraignment on the indictment is scheduled for Nov. 23. Plain Bull is detained.

The FBI investigated the case.

PACER case reference. 20-136.

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Indian Country Law and Justice
Clair Johnson Howard Public Information Officer 406-247-4623
Updated November 20, 2020