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Warm Springs man pleads guilty to murder

In 2010 shooting death on reservation


A 19-year-old Warm Springs man, Justin James Senator, has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of Timothy Red Dog two years ago.

Senator, who was 17 at the time of the shooting, entered the plea May 3, in the U.S. District Court in Portland. Sentencing is set for July 24, before Judge Anna J. Brown.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Justin James SenatorAccording to prosecutor Craig Gabriel, assistant U.S. attorney, Senator was walking with friends in the West Hills neighborhood of Warm Springs around 3:45 a.m. on May 30, 2010.

"The defendant was carrying a Remington 30-06 rifle slung over his shoulder," Gabriel noted.

Senator, who was intoxicated at the time, spotted Red Dog, 19, and got into an argument with him, and then shot him at close range. The shooting occurred in front of two witnesses, who would have testified at trial, the prosecutor added.

"The shooting was a tragedy for the Red Dog family, especially because Timothy Red Dog had recently become a father," said Gabriel.

Senator, an enrolled member of the Yakama Nation, was arrested by Warm Springs police later that same day. He remains in the custody of the U.S. Marshal Service as he awaits sentencing.



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