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Fort Duchesne man pleads guilty to manslaughter in fatal reservation shooting

A Fort Duchesne man has pleaded guilty in federal court to voluntary manslaughter in the 2016 shooting death of a Ute tribal member during an argument on the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation.

A plea deal calls for Trent Sowsonicut — who entered his guilty plea on Monday — to be sentenced to 78 months in federal prison. The term is subject to the approval of U.S. District Judge David Sam, who is scheduled to sentence the 28-year-old Sowsonicut on March 15.


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