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Man sentenced in North Idaho murders

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Jon Allen Kienholz Jr, also known locally as "Bubba", police say he confessed to the murders Jon Allen Kienholz Jr, also known locally as "Bubba", police say he confessed to the murders
Braecyn Clifton Wood Braecyn Clifton Wood
Wayne Emanuel Barrett Wayne Emanuel Barrett
Corey Reid, police say he drove the victims' car to Boise. Corey Reid, police say he drove the victims' car to Boise.
Hiram Wayne Wilson is being charged as an adult Hiram Wayne Wilson is being charged as an adult

WALLACE, Idaho. - The man who confessed to murdering a young North Idaho couple in August 2008 has been sentenced to 30 years to life in prison.

The defense in the case had asked for the minimum sentence of 10 years. The prosecution was seeking 20 years to life but the judge imposed the longer sentence.

Jon Kienholz also known locally as "Bubba," made a plea deal for both counts of murder, under which the State would not seek the death penalty.

Cynthia Bewick and Neil Howard were found dead from gunshot wounds at the top of Dobson Pass

The victims, 20-year old Neil Howard and 18-year old Cynthia Bewick, were found dead from gunshot wounds at the top of Dobson Pass on August 8. Police say both Bewick and Howard had been shot in the head. After an examination of the crime scene, authorities concluded the victims were killed in the same location they were discovered.  

Four other people were arrested in connection with the case. Police have taken into custody Braecyn Clifton Wood and Wayne Emanuel Barrett. Both men are being charged as an accessory to two counts of First Degree Murder. Police say the men were not at the scene of the murders but had knowledge and did not inform police.

Also arrested in connection with the murders are Hiram Wane Wilson and Corey Reid. Shoshone County Sheriff Chuck Reynalds said Wilson confessed to being present when the victims were shot. Reid was arrested in Boise after the murders. Reynalds that said Reid drove the victims' car to Boise after the murders. Both Wilson and Reid entered not guilty pleas. Wilson, a minor at the time of the murders, is being charged as an adult.

Bewick and Howard had a 9-month-old child together.

Previous Coverage

- Police searching for person of interest in north Idaho murders
- Man pleads guilty to North Idaho murders
- Two plead not guilty in Shoshone County killings
- Two more arrests in North Idaho double homicide
- More arrests possible in Shoshone County killings
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