Tribe member sentenced in death stemming from beer brawl

Macy, Nebraska (AP) 2-08

A member of the Omaha tribe has been sentenced to more than five years in prison in the alcohol-fueled murder of his cousin.

U.S. District Judge Joseph F. Bataillon sentenced 27-year-old Charles Parker of Macy to 63 months in prison for involuntary manslaughter. Parker had pleaded guilty to killing Nicholas White Eagle Parker in November.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the two men had been drinking together in Walthill during August of 2007, and each had purchased a 12-pack of beer to take back to Macy. When they arrived at Nicholas White Eagle Parker’s home, an argument ensued about how much beer each could have.

Nicholas White Eagle Parker began throwing beer cans at his cousin’s car, and Charles Parker retaliated by hitting him in the head with a tire iron, prosecutors said.

Nicholas White Eagle Parker later died from his injuries.