- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) - A 39-year-old Lapwai man has been sentenced to 24 years in prison for the death of another man on the Nez Perce Reservation in 2013.

Raymond Scott Jr. pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in May. U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced that he was sentenced in federal court on Tuesday.

A federal court judge also ordered Scott to serve five years of supervised release and pay a $250,000 fine.

Scott admitted to striking 42-year-old William Reich on the head with a hatchet or other weapon on July 9, 2013.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office handled the case because Scott and Reich are members of the Nez Perce Tribe and the death occurred on the Nez Perce Reservation.

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