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Guilty plea entered in fatal Pine Ridge shooting

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Published: Mar. 4, 2021 at 9:25 AM CST
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RAPID CITY, S.D. - A man accused in a fatal shooting near the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation boundaries has pleaded guilty to murder charges.

Thirty-eight-year-old Phillip Pond entered the plea Wednesday in federal court in Rapid City to second-degree murder and using a gun during a violent crime.

Pond is accused of shooting 40-year-old Justin Little Hawk in Pine Ridge on Nov. 22, 2020 after the two argued.

Little Hawk died the following month at a hospital in Colorado. Pond recently turned himself in at a police station in Chadron, Nebraska.

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