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Three sentenced in murders

The last three suspects in a double homicide in Shoshone County have been sentenced.

Corey Reid, 20, of Kellogg, will spend at least 30 years in prison after being convicted of two counts of aiding and abetting in the August 2008 murders of Neil Howard, 20, and Cynthia Bewick, 18.

Hiram N. Wilson, the 18-year-old son of Pinehurst police Chief Rocky Wilson, will spend two to five years in prison on two counts of accessory to murder after the fact.

The third man sentenced Thursday, Braecyn C. Wood, was sentenced to 120 days with credit for 25 days served for two counts of obstructing an officer.

Reid’s girlfriend, Christian Purtill, 18, was sentenced earlier to a year in the Shoshone County Jail on the same charges.

The gunman, Jon “Bubba” Kienholz, 21, was sentenced in June to at least 30 years in prison for two counts of first-degree murder.

Shoshone County Prosecutor Val Siegel said that Reid told Keinholz they needed to kill the couple and that Wilson witnessed the fatal shootings at the top of Dobson Pass.

Keinholz said the group had planned to go to Boise before the murders because Howard and Bewick believed they had arrest warrants, Siegel said.

But the couple, who had a 9-month-old baby, were apparently worried about Purtill turning them in, Siegel said.

Reid heard Howard talk about that and decided he needed to die, Siegel said. “It’s just so senseless,” Siegel said.

Purtill and Wood were with the other three men when they started driving the dead couple’s stolen car to Boise.

Wood heard what happened and asked to go home. But he denied knowing anything about the murders when approached by police, Siegel said, leading to his criminal charge.

The four others were arrested in Boise.

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