The three defendants in a fatal shooting on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in May are now facing additional federal charges.
Clarence Yellow Hawk, 27, was initially charged with first-degree murder and discharge of a firearm during a crime of violence in the killing of 42-year-old Christopher Janis near Sharps Corner. Yellow Hawk is now facing an additional count of possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, which was a Sig Sauer P226 semiautomatic pistol, according to court records.
Jamie Shoulders, 25, is facing second-degree murder and the same firearm offenses. He was originally charged with assault and a firearm violation.
Another co-defendant, Scott Benson, 30, is charged with three new offenses: being an accessory after a crime, possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number and possession of a stolen firearm, referring to the Sig Sauer pistol. He was originally charged only with misprision, or concealing the attack on Janis from authorities.
Yellow Hawk and Shoulders could be sentenced to as much as life in prison if they're found guilty of murder. All three men are detained at the Pennington County Jail.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says Yellow Hawk and Shoulders are both from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation; no city of residence was listed for Shoulders.
Janis’s killing is among three homicides on Pine Ridge this year, and the only one involving a firearm, said FBI spokesman Jeff Vannest.