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Harrah man gets 5 years for 2009 assault

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- A Harrah man is sentenced to 5 years in prison for his role in the 2009 beating death of a Quinault Indian Nation man.

Johnathon Frank, 21, was sentenced Thursday in Yakima Federal Court for the death of Daniel Simmons. Frank has been in jail since his arrest on July 20, 2009. Detectives say Johnathon Frank admitted to kicking Simmons in the neck and head after his brother, Lance Frank hit Simmons with a bat.

On January 27, 2011, Lance Frank was sentenced to 7 years in prison and 3 years supervised release, following a guilty plea to voluntary manslaughter.

Johnathon Frank is an enrolled member of the Yakama Nation.

Michael C. Ormsby, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of WA, said, "This case is a prime example of the investigatory partnership among the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Yakama Tribal Police Department, the Yakima County Sheriff's Office and the United States Attorney's Office. Each of these partner-agencies is committed to vigorously investigating violent crime occurring on the Yakama Nation Reservation and to bring offenders to justice."