Recently unsealed federal court documents say that a man fatally shot at a Pine Ridge youth center last year was almost kidnapped before he was killed. The records also reveal two more men have been charged in the murder.
Francisco Villanueva, 39, and Adan James Corona, 31, who have been arrested in Colorado, were charged Nov. 22 with murder and conspiracy in the death of Vincent Brewer III. Myles Tuttle, 24, arrested last year on accusations of murder and being an accessory after the fact, faces additional charges.
Their indictment, unsealed Thursday, states that the three men and some unnamed people sought out Brewer at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in October 2016 “to collect an alleged drug debt.” Brewer, 29, also known as Vinny, was apparently killed after the group found him and he tried to get away.
The four-page document, filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of South Dakota, provides the following chronology of events:
Around Oct. 16 last year, Villanueva, Corona and unnamed individuals traveled from Colorado to South Dakota, carrying multiple firearms. That morning, they went to Rapid City, met up with Tuttle and took two cars to Pine Ridge “with a plan to assault and kidnap Brewer in order to collect the alleged drug debt.”
They drove around Pine Ridge looking for Brewer on Oct. 16, and picked up people who could help find him.
After finding him in front of the SuAnne Big Crow Youth Development Center, “they physically assaulted him and attempted to kidnap him by shoving him into the backseat of one of their vehicles.
“When Brewer escaped the vehicle he was immediately gunned down by multiple shooters,” including Tuttle, Villanueva, Corona and another unnamed person.
Tuttle, Villanueva and Corona have been charged with first-degree murder as a premeditated killing, first-degree murder in relation to kidnapping and conspiracy to commit assault.
Tuttle is still charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder for allegedly assisting Brewer’s attackers in evading authorities. The men’s indictment states the attackers included people who are unknown to the grand jury.
Another person charged in Brewer’s killing, Pine Ridge resident Tiffanee Garnier, pleaded guilty in September to being an accessory after the fact. She admitted being part of the group that sought Brewer in Pine Ridge, and said she was accompanied by at least six other people.
Garnier said Brewer appeared to know several of his attackers and the reason they showed up at the youth center. She faces up to 15 years in prison, and is awaiting sentencing in March.
Tuttle, detained at the Pennington County Jail since March, is scheduled to appear at the Rapid City federal courthouse Wednesday on his new charges. He previously pleaded not guilty.
Villanueva and Corona were both arrested in Colorado on Thursday, according to court records. It’s unclear when they will make their court appearances in Rapid City. Villanueva is also known as “Gumby” and “Pancho”; Corona as “Ace Boogie.”
Federal authorities have said Brewer’s killing might be linked to another fatal Pine Ridge shooting in September 2016, in which 34-year-old Annie Colhoff was killed. Three people have been charged in that case, including Brewer’s sister who was sentenced to probation for failing to report the shooting.