Former Tribal Chair Sentenced to the Death Penalty, Plus 150 for 4 Counts of Murder

Cedarville Rancheria Tribal Office – Scene of deadly shooting spree

ALTURAS, CALIFORNIA – Cherie Rhoades, the former tribal chairwoman of the Cedarville Rancheria Tribe, located in Alturas, California was sentenced on Monday, April 10, 2017  to the death penalty plus 150 years for four counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder in the 2014 gun and knife attack at the Cedarville Rancheria Tribal Office.


Rhoades, who was accused of embezzling $64,000 from the tribe, was also court ordered to make restitution.

Former Tribal Chairperson Cherie Rhoades charged in shooting that left four dead at Cedarville Rancheria Tribal Office & Community Center. PHOTO Courtesy: Alturas Police Department

On February 20, 2014, Rhoades arrived at the tribal headquarters in Alturas, California for an eviction hearing with her son. The tribe was in the process of evicting her from the home she lived. The former chairperson opened fire and went on a killing spree. Once she ran out of ammunition, she reached for a butcher knife and stabbed one of her nieces.

Rhoades was taken into custody at the scene with the assistance from officers from the Modoc County Sheriff’s Department and the California Highway Patrol.

Also, on Monday, the judge denied a motion made by Rhoades’ attorney for a new trial.

Rhoades is expected to be housed at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla, California.



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