Yakama mass murderer sentenced to life in prison, brother gets 27+ years

James & Donovan Cloud New Potential Charges Yakama

YAKIMA, Wash. — Two brothers responsible for a mass murder and carjacking spree on the Yakama Reservation on Treaty Day in 2019 have been sentenced to extensive stints in federal prison.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Eastern Washington, James Dean Cloud, 39, will spend the rest of his days in prison with four life sentences for a laundry list of charges headlined by four counts of first-degree murder, firearms charges and kidnapping.

His brother, Donovan Quinn Carter Cloud, 35, was sentenced to a 27-year & 3-month term in federal prison for aiding with the carjacking. He pleaded guilty to a slew of charges including Carjacking and Brandishing a Firearm in Furtherance of a Crime of Violence.

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On June 8, 2019, James Cloud shot and killed four people while injuring another in a rampage across White Swan on the Yakama Reservation. Shortly after the mass shooting, they grabbed a child and threatened to kill them if their parents didn’t turn over the keys to their car. They attempted to kidnap the child, who escaped through an open window as they drove away.

Comprehensive investigations from the Yakama Nation Police Department, Yakima County Sheriff’s Office and FBI gathered a substantial amount of evidence to convict these men for the violent crimes. That includes witness accounts, fingerprints, murder weapons and more.

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Family members of the victims appeared at the sentencing in Yakima to share how this mass killing transformed the trajectory of their lives forever.

“The public can feel better knowing that James Cloud and Donovan Cloud are no longer roaming the streets and will no longer be able to inflict harm on the Yakama Nation,” Eastern Washington’s U.S. Attorney Vanessa Waldref stated. “We will continue to mourn with the victims and our hearts will forever grieve for their families.”

James Dean Cloud was also ordered to pay $25,000 in restitution to the families of the victims he killed.


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