Man Charged with Murder on the Meskwaki Nation Settlement
|U.S. Attorney’s Office March 10, 2014|
Gordon Lasley, Jr., 25, from the Meskwaki Nation Settlement, Iowa, has been charged with murder in Indian Country. The charge is contained in a complaint filed on March 7, 2014 in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids.
The complaint alleges that on or about February 5, 2014, Lasley murdered two people at their home on the Meskwaki Nation Settlement near Tama, Iowa.
If convicted, Lasley faces a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and a $100 special assessment.
Lasley appeared today in federal court in Cedar Rapids and was held without bond. Lasley’s next appearance for preliminary and detention hearings is set for March 13, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.
As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
In 2010, the Department of Justice launched an initiative making public safety in tribal communities a top priority. The goal of the initiative is to help tribes build and sustain safe and secure communities across the country. Information about the initiative is available at http://www.justice.gov/tribal.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys C.J. Williams and Anthony Morfitt and was investigated by the Meskwaki Nation Tribal Police, the Tama County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.