#InTheNews: 20year-old man convicted of murdering his young cousins

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In an incident which can only be termed as sick, painful and disheartening, a 20year old man has been convicted of stabbing his two young cousins more than 100 times as he babysat them will spend the rest of his life in prison, a federal judge ordered on Monday. The murders of DuBois Jr, 6 and his sister, Destiny Shaw, 9, on the Spirit Lake reservation in North Dakota in 2011 went unsolved for more than a year, WDAZ reported.

Although the children’s father had initially confessed to the murders, authorities eventually pinned the ghastly stabbings on Valentino Bagola. Before being arrested, Bagola served as a pall-bearer in the funerals of his two young relatives.

In a videotaped confession, Bagola admitted to raping Destiny prior to the stabbings. In spite of the recorded admission, Bagola later recanted. According to the Grand Forks Herald, a jury convicted, the 20 year-old, of the first-degree murders in September. The life sentence was mandatory. The only question was whether the judge would order Bagola to serve them concurrently. Despite the prosecutor’s urging, the judge declined to impose consecutive sentences.


Kathy Esan

Kathy Esan

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