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Man gets life for deaths of 2 Spirit Lake children

Valentino Bagola
Valentino Bagola

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A man convicted in the brutal killings of two children on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

A federal jury in September found Valentino "Tino'' Bagola guilty for the May 2011 slayings of 9-year-old Destiny Shaw-Dubois and her 6-year-old brother, Travis DuBois Jr., of St. Michael.

Investigators say the victims were stabbed a total of 100 times.

The U.S. attorney's office says U.S. District Judge Ralph R. Erickson in Fargo sentenced Bagola on Monday to life in prison on each of two counts of first-degree murder.

The case is one of two high-profile indictments involving the deaths of children on the reservation. Last month, a Spirit Lake woman was sentenced to 30 years in prison for throwing a child down an embankment.

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