Fort Hall man convicted of murdering 23-year-old man


POCATELLO, Idaho (KLIX) – A 27-year-old man from Fort Hall will be spending a little over 27 years in federal prison for stabbing and dumping the body of another young man on an Idaho tribal reservation in 2018 for Idaho announced that Justin Beasley was sentenced to just over 27 years in prison for the murder of 23-year-old Austin Pevo for second degree murder. A jury tried Beasley in early August. Acting US Attorney Gonzalez said in a prepared statement: “Prosecuting violent crimes in the Indian country is a priority for my office and I hope this ruling will bring some degree of closure and justice to the victim’s family.”

Pevo was dropped off at a residence on the Fort Hall Reservation in early February 2018 to chop wood. Beasley was there too. The two men got into an argument that ended with Beasley stabbing Pevo twice in the chest. Pevo’s body was then taken to a remote area in the Arbon Valley of the reserve and disposed of there. The family reported Pevo missing, but tribal authorities were unable to find any clues as to his whereabouts.

Finally, in August 2019, a witness to the murder informed the police about what had happened to Pevo, and the Federal Criminal Police Office issued a search warrant in the apartment where he had died. The witness also told authorities about the three men, including Beasley, who had brought Pevo’s body to the remote area. One of the men involved admitted to helping and showed investigators where Pevo’s body had been dumped. Investigators found Pevo’s remains, clothing and personal items.

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