Man charged with 1st degree murder in McDermitt double-homicide

Stoney Prior has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in a double-homicide reported on the Fort McDermitt reservation (Photo courtesy Washoe County Jail)

The 40-year-old man accused of killing two people in McDermitt last month has been formally charged with two counts of first-degree murder, according to federal prosecutors.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for Nevada said in a statement that Stoney Prior, a member of the Fort McDermitt Shoshone Paiute Tribe, was charged in federal court Wednesday.

The criminal complaint alleges that Prior shot and killed two people, identified by the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office as Amy Hinkey, 40, and Adeline Sam, 31, inside a home on the reservation on Wednesday, Jan. 31.

Prosecutors say one victim was shot in the head and neck with a shotgun and the other shot in the arm, body and head.

Prior would face a mandatory minimum sentence of life in prison if he were to be convicted, according to prosecutors.

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