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Ute Mountain Tribe, Colorado, New Mexico & Utah

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Alden House, 15, a member of the tribe, was sentenced Oct. 13 to about 11 years in prison for kicking another tribal member to death. House was charged as an adult in the February 1999 death of Ritchie Clark, also a Ute Mountain Ute member. A federal grand jury indicted the Towaoc teen-ager on one count of second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree murder. House's plea agreement reveals that he, Thomas Tom and Karla Silas kicked and beat Clark to death Feb. 24, 1999. A log was also repeatedly dropped on Clark. An autopsy showed that Clark died from multiple blows to his head and chest. Chief U.S. District Judge Lewis Babcock sentenced House to 135 months, or 11.25 years, in prison. Tom was sentenced to 87 months, or slightly more than seven years, in prison for aiding and abetting second-degree murder. Silas was sentenced to 51 months, or about four years, for being an accessory to second-degree murder after the fact. The BIA and FBI investigated the case.

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