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Bagola Sentenced to Life in Prison for Spirit Lake Murders

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Life in prison is the sentence for a man convicted in the brutal killings of two children on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation.

Valentino Bagola will serve the two life sentences will be served concurrently. He was convicted by a federal jury for the May 2011, stabbing deaths of a 9-year-old girl and 6-year-old boy in St. Michael, North Dakota.

U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon said in part, "The life sentences imposed cannot bring Destiny and Travis, Jr. back or undo any of the horror of these criminal acts. It does, however, provide some measure of justice to these victims, their family, and the Spirit Lake Community."

The investigation in this case was complicated by the fact that the children's father falsely confessed to the killings in the days following the discovery of the children's bodies.

Forensic evidence gathered at the murder scene and many interviews led to Bagola's conviction.

ORIGINAL STORY

A verdict has been reached in the Valentino Bagola trial, He has been found guilty. Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Myers says they were very pleased with the jurors verdict.

"Well there was a lot of evidence," Myers says, "In this particular case the defendant had made a confession chalked full of detail that only the person involved in the murder would of known, additionally there was his DNA found under Destiny Shaw's finger nails and there was his palm print found on a CPU in the room where the children were found. So those three items of evidence coupled together made this case a very strong case."

The U.S. Attorney office has notified the family. Bagola will be sentenced in December.

Twenty-year-old Valentino "Tino" Bagola is charged with murder for the May 2011 slayings of 9-year-old Destiny Jane Shaw-Dubois and her 6-year-old brother, Travis Lee DuBois Jr. in St. Michael.
   
Their mother found their bodies under a mattress at the home she had once shared with the sibling's father.
    
Authorities allege that Bagola stabbed the children to death after he sexually assaulted the girl, and that he did so because he was angry at their father but couldn't find him.
    
The defense alleges that the children's father killed them. He denies the claim.

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