Jesus Deniz: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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An 18-year-old man from Wyoming is the only suspect in the seemingly unprovoked killings of two Montana residents. The alleged perp is Jesus Deniz. He’s accused of slaying Jason, 52, and Tana Shane, 50, of Pryor, Montana, and leaving their 24-year-old daughter, Jora, for dead after shooting her in the head and back. The heinous attack happened close to the Crow Nation reservation in Pryor after the Shane’s tried to help Deniz as he had run out of gas. They went to a store to get gasoline from him, but it was closed, upon returning, Deniz opened fire on the family killing Jason and Tana while wounding Jora, that’s according to family spokesman Bryce Hugs. Hugs added that Deniz then absconded in the Shane’s car.

Here’s what you need to know about Jesus Deniz:

1. The FBI Told Local Authorities Not Release Any Information About Deniz

Park County sheriff’s spokesman Lance Mathess told the Associated Press that he had been forbidden by the FBI and the Bureau of Indian Affairs from releasing any information about Deniz. The attack happened at around 10:30 a.m. on July 30 in the Crow Native American Reservation. Around two hours later, Jesus Deniz was arrested by Wyoming State Troopers close to the town of Meeteetse. Special Agent Todd Palmer with the FBI’s Salt Lake City office said “At this time, there is no further danger to the community.”

2. On His Facebook Page, Deniz’s Profile Image Declares ‘Brown Pride’

Jesus Deniz Profile Brown Pride


Deniz’s Facebook profile photo declares ‘Brown Pride’ (above). According to his page, he’s a native of Worland, Wyoming, a town with a population of a little over 5,000. It’s about 125 miles from Pryor, where the shooting took place. Judging by the posts on his wall, Spanish is Deniz’s first language.

3. Jora Shane Is ‘Incoherent’ in a Montana Hospital

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The suspect posts dozens of selfies, just like this one on his Facebook page.

Big Horn County Undersheriff Bart Elliott told the Helena Independent Record that Jora Shane is “incoherent” in a hospital. He added “The victim that was transported to the emergency room really doesn’t know what’s going on.” Her family spokesman told the media that despite being wounded, Jora Shane was able to make her way to a local school to call for help. She was one of the Shane’s seven children, five daughters and two sons. Their youngest just graduated from high school.

4. Deniz Was Arrested Without Incident

The Billings Gazette reports that Deniz, after being arrested without protest, is being held at the Park County Detention Center. If he’s charged with first degree murder, it could become a death penalty case.

5. Tana Shane Was a Member of the Largest Crow Nation Clan

According to her sister’s 2009 obituary, Tana Shane was a member of the Whistling Water, the Crow Nation’s largest clan. There are approximately 12,000 tribal members living on the Crow reservation.