RENO – A Fort McDermitt resident was charged Wednesday with the murder of two women on the Fort McDermitt Indian Reservation, announced U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson of the District of Nevada.

Stoney Prior, 40, a member of the Fort McDermitt Shoshone Paiute Tribe, was charged in a criminal complaint with two-counts of first-degree murder in Indian Country. A preliminary hearing is scheduled before U.S. District Magistrate Judge William G. Cobb on Feb. 22.

According to the complaint, on Jan. 31 Prior shot and killed the Fort McDermitt Shoshone Paiute Tribe members in a residence. KRNV in Reno identified the victims as Amy Hinkey, 40, and Adeline Sam, 31.

The first victim was shot in the head and neck with a shotgun and the second victim was shot in the arm, body and head.

If convicted, the mandatory minimum sentence is life in prison.

The case is being investigated by the FBI and the Bureau of Indian Affairs with assistance from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Shannon M. Bryant is prosecuting the case.

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