Red Lake man pleads guilty to murder after violently assaulting partner in 2019

RED LAKE, Minn. — A Ponemah man pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder for violently assaulting a woman two years ago on northwestern Minnesota’s Red Lake Indian Reservation.

According to court documents, William Jones IV, 24, and the victim were involved in a romantic relationship and lived together at the victim’s house in Ponemah. During the evening of Nov. 6, 2019, Jones repeatedly assaulted the victim in their residence, hitting her on the shoulders, arms and torso, and throwing her against a wall.

After the assault, the woman fell to the floor and struck her head. Jones did not contact emergency personnel or attempt to render aid. The victim remained in the house unconscious for almost two days, where Jones chose not to contact emergency personnel or otherwise render any aid, documents said.

Court documents explain that on Nov. 8, Jones’ mother contacted emergency personnel after arriving at the house and observing the victim’s condition. The victim was transported to a hospital in Fargo, N.D., where medical personnel determined that she suffered a traumatic brain injury, which caused her to remain in a persistent vegetative state with no hope for recovery. As a result of her injuries, she died on Nov. 22.

Jones pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree murder before U.S. District Judge Nancy Brasel. A sentencing date has not been set.

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