Published On: Wed, Sep 18th, 2019

South Dakota man, Emery Arapahoe, gets 32 years for the 2017 axe murder of Raymond Waters

A Pine Ridge man has been sentenced to almost 32 years for the grisly axe murder of a random man sleeping in a trailor back in 2017.

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The now, 19-year-old Emery Arapahoe received 31.8 years for the brutal murder of 24-year-old Raymond Waters Jr., and to arson for setting the trailer on fire in October 2017 in Allen.

The case was heard in federal court because the crime occurred on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation. Federal judge, Jeffrey Viken made the decision Tuesday saying of Arapahoe “just can’t be out in the community” and “have a level of violence going on inside you that I’ve rarely seen” in my 42 years as a judge, defense lawyer and prosecutor.

He also set fire to the mobile home where the Waters was sleeping.

According to reports,  Arapahoe had been drinking when he stole a truck and drove to Waters’s residence in Allen. When Arapahoe arrived, he found Waters asleep on the couch. Arapahoe picked up an axe and struck Waters multiple times in the head and neck, killing him. Judge Jeffrey Viken described the wounds as horrific.

Arapahoe set fire to the trailer and took the blood soaked axe with him into the stolen vehicle. He later crashed the truck near the trailer and watched law enforcement arrive on scene of the emblazoned trailer.

Viken said he would recommend the Bureau of Prisons first send Arapahoe to a mental health treatment facility. As part of a plea deal, charges of first-degree burglary and larceny were dropped as well as charges in two assault cases.



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