Two Sentenced For Ethete Murder, Cover-up; Whiteplume Gets 39 Years
A federal judge recently sentenced two men for their roles in the murder of an Ethete man in June 2014, according to a news release from the Wyoming U.S. Attorney's Office.
On Aug. 14, U.S. District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl sentenced Jaymes Leo Whiteplume of Ethete to 39 years imprisonment for first degree felony murder.
Whiteplume pleaded guilty in June to killing Jared Dean Little Whiteman on June 3, 2014, in Ethete, which is in the Wind River Indian Reservation. Whiteplume and other co-defendants, like Little Whiteman, are enrolled members of the Northern Arapaho Tribe.
Besides the prison term, Skavdahl ordered Whiteplume to serve five years supervised probation after his release, ordered him to pay a $100 special assessment, and pay $6,820 in restitution, joint and several with co-defendants.
On Aug. 13, Skavdahl sentenced Garrett Revere Jr., 33, of Fort Washakie, to five years imprisonment for being an accessory after the fact to first degree murder. The judge also ordered him to serve five years of supervised probation after his release, pay a $100 special assessment, and pay $6,820 in restitution joint and several with co-defendants
Revere was sentenced for his role in concealing evidence in the case, which began in mid-June 2014 when Little Whiteman’s grandmother reported she had not heard from her grandson for nearly two weeks, according to court records.
Revere and Will Wallowingbull picked up Little Whiteman from the grandmother’s house and took him to a trailer on the reservation. When they arrived, Little Whiteman was attacked, taken into the trailer, was tied, placed on a recliner and interrogated about drugs and money.
Susan Chippewa, the lead defendant in the case, stabbed him. Two men took Little Whiteman’s body to another area and buried him.
Federal Bureau of Investigation and Bureau of Indian Affairs officers exhumed the body and positively identified it as that of Little Whiteman’s. An autopsy determined the manner of death was homicide, and the cause of death was more than 40 stab wounds include a cut to the throat. The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation also contributed to the investigation.
Wallowingbull and the other accessory after the fact, Chrissy Bigeagle, were each sentenced to five years imprisonment, three years supervised probation, fines and restitution.
Spoonhunter's sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 25, and Chippewa's sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 26.