LeBeau sentenced for Emily Bluebird murder

Published: Jul. 13, 2018 at 7:03 PM MDT
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25-year old Elizabeth Ann LeBeau of Porcupine is set to spend the next 25 years of her life in federal prison for the 2016 murder of Emily Bluebird in Pine Ridge.

She was sentenced Friday morning in federal court in Rapid City.

This is Emily Bluebird.

LeBeau pleaded guilty to second degree murder back in November.

At the sentencing Friday, a recording was played of a friend of LeBeau's saying LeBeau admitted to strangling Bluebird and then hitting her in the forehead with a hammer.

LeBeau asked Bluebird's family for forgiveness.

For Bluebird's family, there was finally some closure Friday.

Emily's aunt Carla Cheyenne says, "I felt like I took a lot of weight off my shoulders being able to tell her how I felt exactly. because I've waited for this day to be able to tell them exactly what I felt, what we all felt, what her children felt."

The family added they were pleased with the sentence, with an audible "yes" being said in court after Judge Jeffrey Viken announced his sentence.

Fred Quiver was sentenced to 15 years back in May for that same crime after pleading guilty to accessory to second degree murder.

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