The sentencing of a woman who pleaded guilty in connection with the March 2016 murder of a Harrah woman has been continued to July.
Nicole Lee Sunny Cloud, 30, was scheduled to be sentenced at 10 a.m. Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Yakima. Last week, U.S. District Judge Stanley Bastian granted her attorney’s motion to continue the sentencing and set it for 11:15 a.m. July 3.
Prosecutors did not object to the motion to continue, which was requested because Cloud has a second case pending in federal court. The jury trial in that case, which had been scheduled for Feb. 25, was reset for 9 a.m. June 17.
Cloud and three others are accused of attempted aggravated sexual assault in an incident at the Yakima County jail on May 21, 2018, according to court documents. They were originally indicted on June 10, 2018; a superseding indictment was filed March 12.
In the motion to continue Cloud’s hearing, her attorney, Ulvar Wallace Klein, noted the possibility of resolving both cases with one court appearance.
“It is in the defendant’s best interest to request delay for a potential joint sentencing hearing,” Klein wrote.
Cloud and her sister, Kristen Ashlie Windy Cloud, 38, were indicted as accessories after the fact in the late March 2016 murder of Felina Metsker, 33.
Metsker was last seen between 2 and 3 p.m. March 25, 2016, in the area of Barkes Road in Harrah, where she was staying in a trailer. Authorities said blankets and a plastic window covering were missing from the trailer the next day.
The 33-year-old mother of two was reported missing April 1, 2016. Her remains were found May 2016 and the Clouds’ cousins, George Skylar Cloud, 22, and Neil Cloud, 20, were indicted in her death.
A witness said the brothers killed Metsker because she had cooperated with police and they had “to eliminate the threat,” according to court documents.
Neil Cloud’s remains were found in Medicine Valley off Towtnuk Road near White Swan in September 2017. George Skylar Cloud was found guilty by a federal jury Jan. 17 of first-degree murder and using a firearm in a violent crime in connection with the death of Metsker. He will be sentenced at 11:15 a.m. May 1.
A witness told authorities that Kristen Cloud and Nicole Cloud helped clean up the crime scene, according to court documents.
Nicole Cloud pleaded guilty to the accessory charge in a December agreement.
Also in a December plea agreement, Kristen Cloud pleaded guilty to the accessory charge and was sentenced March 6. Prosecutors recommended that Kristen Cloud, on probation when Metsker was murdered, serve two years in prison followed by one year of supervised release.
In considering other factors, Bastian went lower, sentencing Kristen Cloud to 18 months in prison with one year of supervised release, a $100 fine and $5,000 restitution to the Yakama Nation for burial costs.