Guilty plea expected for failing to report Pine Ridge murder

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A woman accused of helping a murder suspect avoid police and then failing to report the crime in Pine Ridge is expected to plead guilty to criminal charges. According to court documents, Jamie Ann Richards, is expected to enter the plea Wednesday in federal court in Rapid City. She could be sentenced up to three years in prison.

Prosecutors say Richards drove the suspect, Colton Bagola, from Pine Ridge to Rapid City in December 2019. Bagola has since been charged with premeditated first-degree murder in the death of 30-year-old Sloane Bull Bear who was shot in the head at a party.