A man has been indicted for strangulation in connection with a homicide on the Nez Perce Reservation at a residence near Kamiah on Oct. 31. Travis D. Ellenwood has been indicted on a single federal felony strangulation charge and is being held in tribal custody in the Nez Perce County Jail. He was arrested last week by Nez Perce Tribal Police. Ellenwood will be arraigned in Tribal Court, but that information has not been released.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Idaho will likely file a detainer with the county jail that informs the jail that the federal government has an active warrant for Ellenwood’s arrest should he be released from tribal custody, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho Traci Whelan said. The federal government could also file a writ ad prosequendum, which is used to remove a prisoner in order to prosecute him in another jurisdiction, such as the federal district court of Idaho, Whelan said. Federal felony strangulation carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of as much as $250,000. (Lewiston Tribune)