Jury returns guilty verdict in murder of Anna Mae Pictou Aquash
A jury in South Dakota found John Graham guilty for the 1975 murder of American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash.

After two days of deliberations, Graham was convicted of felony murder committed during the kidnapping. He was acquitted on a charge of premeditated murder.

"We've waited 35 years for this day," Denise Pictou Maloney, one of Aquash's daughters, said outside of the courtroom, The Rapid City Journal reported.

Graham, who is Native from Canada, is the third person convicted for Aquash's December 1975 murder. Arlo Looking Cloud, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, is serving a life sentence after being found guilty in federal court.

Thelma Rios, also Oglala Sioux, pleaded guilty to state charges for her role in the crime. She was sentenced to five years in prison but as part of her deal she won't serve any more time beyond what she's already completed.

Richard Marshall, also Oglala Sioux, was acquitted in federal court in connection with Aquash's murder.

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Graham guilty of felony murder kidnapping in AIM slaying (The Rapid City Journal 12/11)
Questions remain after reservation slaying verdict (AP 12/11)

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