WALKER — A 28-year-old Cass Lake man was sentenced Monday in Cass County District Court Monday to 45 years in prison for the murder of the mother of his child, Cass County attorney Christopher Strandlie said.
Strandlie, in a news release, said the duration of the sentence for Ross Zangigabo Littlewolf is an upward departure from the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines. Judge John Smith pronounced the sentence. The sentencing occurred after Littlewolf pleaded guilty to second-degree intentional murder and two counts of second-degree assault with a firearm on Marcy 26.
According to the criminal complaint filed previously against Littlewolf, law enforcement officials responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at a residence in Cass Lake shortly after 3 a.m. on June 26, 2011. Upon arrival they discovered the body of Kandace Blaine Dunn, age 22, who had been killed by a gunshot wound to her head. Investigation revealed that Dunn had been sleeping in the residence sharing a room with her two small children one of whom is also the child of Littlewolf.
Another adult couple was sleeping in a separate bedroom. The adult couple advised officers that they were awakened shortly before 3 a.m. by a loud noise believed to be a gunshot. Shortly after that they heard another gunshot, heard Dunn scream and then heard one more gunshot. Littlewolf, who was known to them, subsequently entered their bedroom, aimed the gun at them, and threatened to kill both of them. He then told them to take care of the children and left the residence. Investigation revealed that entry was gained to the residence by Littlewolf shooting through a sliding glass door. Littlewolf was apprehended at a relative’s house approximately five hours later.
Littlewolf has been in the custody of the Cass County Sheriff since the time of his arrest. The Cass County Sheriff’s Department, the Leech Lake Tribal Police Department, the Pike Bay Police Department and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension all cooperated in the investigation of the homicide.