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Chelsea Yellowbird Murder: Second Man Sentenced To Prison

11/03/2015 03:55 EST | Updated 11/03/2015 03:59 EST
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WETASKIWIN, Alta.— A man has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for at least 10 years in the shooting death of a woman on a central Alberta reserve.

Wacey Applegarth, who is 22, also faces a lifetime firearms ban.

Applegarth pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in May.

Chelsea Yellowbird was 23 when she was slain in 2011 — just two months after her five-year-old nephew was killed by a gun shot.

Ethan Yellowbird was sleeping in his bed in the house next to his aunt's on the Samson Cree reserve when he was hit by a bullet.

Earlier this year, Applegarth's co-accused pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to nine years.

A third man is to go to trial next June.

The case was cold for two years before a number of tips helped RCMP make arrests.

The reserve, about 90 kilometres south of Edmonton, has struggled with drug- and gang-related violence over the years.

Three teens pleaded guilty in 2012 to manslaughter in Ethan's death. They admitted to taking turns firing a gun at the home and accidentally killing the boy.

(CKGY, The Canadian Press)

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