Manderson man charged with first-degree murder in Wounded Knee triple homicide

271496931 1765791870276088 7674646765160996774 NPINE RIDGE RESERVATION, S.D. — A Manderson man has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder for the shooting deaths of two men and a woman near Wounded Knee on January 5.

Elijah West, 24, is facing three counts of first-degree murder, three counts of discharge of a firearm during a crime of violence, and one count of possession of ammunition by a prohibited person, according to federal court documents unsealed Tuesday. First-degree murder is punishable by death or life imprisonment if convicted.

Alma Garneaux, age 38, Jamie Graham, also 38, and Michael White Plume Sr., age 39, were all found shot to death inside a home in Wounded Knee.

The Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety did not identify West as a suspect at the time. West was booked into the Pennington County Jail on federal charges the afternoon of the homicide.

West is expected to make his first appearance in federal court April 15 at 10:20 a.m..

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