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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Lame Deer man admits fatal stabbing

BILLINGS—Lame Deer resident Darrell Lee Whiteman, Jr. admitted today that he fatally stabbed a person during an argument in March 2017,  U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said.

Whiteman, 29, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter. Whiteman faces a maximum 15 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

U.S. District Judge Susan Watters presided. Judge Watters set sentencing for June 21, 2019. Whiteman is detained.

Prosecutors said evidence would show that on March 4, 2017, Whiteman was at a Lame Deer residence, on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, drinking with others. Whiteman got into an argument with his girlfriend, and the victim told Whiteman to stop. Whiteman and the victim then got into a fight that was broken up by another person.

The victim went to the kitchen for a drink of water, and Whiteman grabbed a knife from the kitchen. Whiteman reached around another individual who was in between the two and stabbed the victim once in the chest. Whiteman left the residence and the victim later died.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan Dake prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the FBI.

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Updated February 13, 2019