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Youth pleads guilty


A 16-year-old Coulee Dam youth, Dakota William Weed-Butz, was sentenced to 52 to 65 weeks incarceration after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide in the death of Rickey Burris, 15, also of Coulee Dam.

Weed-Butz will spend his sentence in the state Department of Social and Health Services’ Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration facility.

Weed-Butz is the son of Colville Tribal Police officer Dave Butz.

Burris was killed April 18, in an accident on Gold Lake Road just outside Nespelem. Weed-Butz was driving at the time of the accident and speed was involved.

Three juveniles and one adult were in the car when it left the roadway and rolled over. None were wearing their seatbelts.

Burris was a sophomore at Lake Roosevelt High School.

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