Two men were sentenced Monday for their role in the 2016 murder of a woman on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation.
Dakota James Charboneau, 24, and Daylin Takendrick St. Pierre, 21, pleaded guilty in November to charges relating to 27-year-old Carla Jovon Yellowbird's murder.
A sentencing memorandum for St. Pierre said he "was the pawn brought in by two more experienced criminals" and his actions were a direct result of chemical dependency.
Suna Felix Guy drove Yellowbird from Bismarck to Spirit Lake on Aug. 23, 2016, so she could sell narcotics, an indictment said. Guy and Charboneau planned via Facebook to rob Yellowbird and traveled with her as she sold drugs Aug. 23 and 24, according to the indictment.
Charboneau contacted St. Pierre and told him to meet them at his camper on the reservation to help with the robbery, the indictment said.
St. Pierre and Guy were ordered to take Charboneau's vehicle, which had a firearm inside, to a remote location to follow through with the robbery, but the indictment said St. Pierre fatally shot Yellowbird in the process. He dragged her body into a thicket of brush on the side of the road to hide it before returning to Charboneau's camper with Guy, according to the indictment.
St. Pierre gave Charboneau the drugs, money and Yellowbird's belongings and he was instructed to burn his clothing, shoes and possessions taken from Yellowbird, the indictment said.
Charboneau and St. Pierre then cleaned the vehicle where she was shot, according to the indictment.
The sentencing memorandum said St. Pierre tried to get Yellowbird to exit the car and attempted to hit her in the head with the firearm when she resisted, but the firearm discharged instead and Yellowbird was shot in the head.
The memorandum paints a bleak picture of St. Pierre's upbringing, which shows a childhood riddled with parental drug abuse and a father figure who bounced in and out of prison. He lived on his own by age 15 and dropped out of school in 11th grade when he became addicted to methamphetamine. The document said St. Pierre, who was 19 at the time of the murder, had been awake for three days straight on a methamphetamine binge.
The memorandum asked the court to consider a sentence reduction from the guideline range and give St. Pierre access to drug treatment programs.
He was sentenced to 27-and-a-half years in federal prison for conspiracy to commit robbery, use of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence and murder.
Charboneau will serve 50 years in prison for second-degree murder, aiding and abetting and use of a firearm in relation to a felony crime of violence. He will spend five years on supervised release after prison.
Charboneau is currently serving a 60-year sentence for an assault and shooting his ex-girlfriend.
A jury found him guilty for beating two men with the butt of his gun and firing several rounds as he held the men at a house against their will in October 2017.
In November 2017, Charboneau shot his ex-girlfriend in the face. She survived but lost her eye.
Guy was sentenced in October to 15 years in prison for Yellowbird's murder with five years of supervised release following. He is in the process of appealing the sentence.
All three men were ordered to each pay more than $11,000 in restitution to the victim.