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Apr 23, 2012 9:54 PM by Amanda Venegas (KTVQ Billings)

Montana man confesses to 25-year-old murder

BILLINGS - A Montana man has confessed to an unsolved murder case in Oklahoma dating back two decades. Clifford Eagle is currently behind bars in Yellowstone County facing murder charges in Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation reports that on April 18 Eagle walked into the Billings Police Department and confessed to the killing of a Haskell County, Okla. County Commissioner back in 1987. Oklahoma authorities say Eagle spoke with great detail about the crime, which took the life of Leo Boyd Reasnor, 49, on June 25, 1987.

Eagle told Billings Police he and another man, Vince Allen Johnson, were on a rural road in Haskell County where they met Reasnor. Eagle says Reasnor confronted the two men about stealing some of his property and then appeared to move toward a gun inside the cab of his truck. Eagle admits to firing his handgun at Reasnor as did Johnson. Reasnor died of a single gunshot wound to the head.

Officials say Vince Johnson was executed by the State of Oklahoma in 2001 for the murder of Shirley Mooneyham. Authorities in Oklahoma say they have been searching for the suspects for years, but have never been able to prosecute the case, until now.

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