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Cass Lake, Minn., woman faces aiding charges in fatal shooting

Sara Renae Larose

WALKER, Minn.—A Cass Lake, Minn., woman police say was present for the shooting death of Brandi Shank—also known as Brandi Strong—was charged Friday, Jan. 26, with two counts of aiding another who they say committed second-degree unintentional murder.

A criminal complaint filed Friday accused Sara Renae LaRose, 41, of giving investigators "false or misleading" information about the November shooting.

Brandon Joseph Roy, 24, of Cass Lake, was charged in November with second-degree unintentional murder in Shank's death.

According to the criminal complaint, Roy shot the victim through the bathroom door at a Cass Lake apartment while he and a number of others fought over drugs and money in the early hours of Sunday, Nov. 12.

A witness told police he believed he was the target, rather than the 25-year-old Cass Lake woman, identified by the initials BLS in court documents, who was shot and killed.

Shortly after the shooting, the Cass County Sheriff's Office released a statement saying that they were searching for Sara LaRose, her husband, Anthony LaRose, 28, and Ilesha Guinn, 25, who investigators said fled from the scene.

The trio was located in late November.

The complaint against LaRose says that the shooting occurred in her home, that she did not call 911 after she saw Shank had been shot, and that she drove Roy to his house after the shooting.

The complaint also outlines multiple conversations LaRose allegedly had with law enforcement, during which she toyed with the possibility of turning over the murder weapon.

Police have still not recovered the gun used to kill Shank.

Sara LaRose is scheduled to appear in court Monday, Feb. 5, and Roy's next hearing is set for Monday, March 12. Anthony LaRose and Guinn have not been charged.

Grace Pastoor

Grace Pastoor covers crime, courts and social issues for the Bemidji Pioneer. Contact her at (218) 333-9796 or gpastoor@bemidjipioneer.com

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