defendant sentenced to life in prison for double murder on an Indian reservation | USAO-NV

RENO, Nev. – A member of the Fort McDermitt Shoshone Paiute tribe was sentenced today to life in prison on two consecutive counts for the murder of two women who were also members of the tribe.

According to court documents and evidence presented during the trial, on January 31, 2018, Stoney Prior (43) shot and killed two women on the Fort McDermitt Indian Reservation, inside the home of one of the victims.

In August 2021, a jury convicted Prior of two counts of second-degree murder in Indian Country. U.S. District Judge Larry R. Hicks presided over the jury trial and sentencing hearing today.

Acting U.S. Attorney Christopher Chiou for the District of Nevada and Special Agent in Charge Aaron C. Rouse for the FBI made the announcement.

This case was a joint investigation by the FBI and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, with assistance from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Penelope Brady and Richard Casper prosecuted the case.

If you have information about a missing or murdered person in Indian Country, you are encouraged to contact your local FBI office or submit an online tip – tips can remain anonymous – at TIPS.FBI.GOV.

The Department of Justice is committed to addressing violent crime in Indigenous communities and improving the federal response to reports of missing or murdered American Indians or Alaska Natives. For more information about the Department’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Initiative, visit: www.justice.gov/tribal.

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Nohemi M. Moore