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St. Francis men sentenced for double homicide on Rosebud Indian Reservation last year


ST. FRANCIS, South Dakota — Two St. Francis men who police say were responsible for a double homicide on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation last year have been sentenced.

South Dakota's U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says 23-year-old BillyRay McCloskey has been sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment. He pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of Ben Clifford and Calvin Kills In Water.

Johnson says Riley McCloskey, 21, has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release. He pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder.

Authorities found the bodies of Clifford and Kills In Water on New Year's Eve of 2013 in field south of St. Francis. Authorities believe they were killed Dec. 23 or Dec. 24.

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