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Former tribal chair sentenced to death for slaughtering family members during hearing to evict her


January 9, 2017

A Placer County jury has decided that Cherie Louise Rhoades should be sentenced to death for the 2014 murder of four people, three of them her relatives.

The decision late Thursday came after three days of testimony before the same jury that convicted Rhoades in December of four counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder. It took the jury about 3 1/2 hours on Thursday to decide to impose the death penalty.

Rhoades, 47, of Cedarville, used a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun in a shooting rampage Feb. 20, 2014, at the Cedarville Rancheria Tribal Headquarters, where she and her son were the focus of a hearing to decide whether they should be evicted from tribal housing.

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