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Johnathan Youngbear to plead guilty to 2nd degree murder

January 27, 2015
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Johnathan Curtis Youngbear, 21, has given notice of his intent to enter a guilty plea to second degree murder in the stabbing death of Severn Jefferson, 17, on the Meskwaki Settlement west of Tama. Jefferson died on Feb. 24, 2014.

Federal Court document filings show Youngbear's proposed plea agreement is dated Jan. 23,2015. It also signed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Morfitt and Youngbear's attorney, Timothy Ross-Boon.

Youngbear, of rural Tama, was charged with 1st degree murder in Tama County District Court and the case was then transferred to U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids because the alleged crime occurred in Indian Country which can be subject to federal jurisdiction.

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Johnathan Curtis Youngbear

Second degree murder, under federal rules, can be punishable by up to life imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, a special assessment of $100; and up to five years supervised release.

The court filing signed by Youngbear states he went to the kitchen of the residence, got a knife and returned to the living room and, "with malice and afterthought intentionally stabbed the victim twice causing his death by blood loss from the stabbing.

It states blood tests following the stabbing showed the defendant had both alcohol and methamphetamine in his blood.



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