Man Who Pleaded Responsible in Crow Killing Dies in Custody

BILLINGS – A man pleaded guilty to fatally shooting a woman in front of her child on the Crow Indian Reservation in southern Montana has died in custody, authorities said Tuesday.

Taylor Leigh Plainbull, 28, died in custody in Big Horn County, Wyoming after being found unresponsive in his cell Monday and unsuccessful attempts to resuscitate him, the county sheriff’s office said in a statement. The circumstances of his death have been investigated by the Wyoming Department of Criminal Investigation.

No foul was suspected, the sheriff’s office said.

Plainbull was arrested in October after police accused him of forcing a car driven by his former girlfriend Lenita Goes Ahead into a ditch before shooting her, grabbing her child and driving away.

The child was found later that day.

Plainbull pleaded guilty in March for advocating a second degree murder and the use of a gun in a violent crime. He was due to be sentenced in July and face life imprisonment.

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