Three days after the Idaho State Police said their investigation into the fatal shooting of rancher Jack Yantis was nearing an end, dozens of people marched in Council on Saturday to show solidarity with the Yantis family.
The protesters called for transparency in the investigation into his death, a prison sentence for the Adams County deputies involved and the election of a new sheriff. Yantis was killed on Nov. 1 outside his ranch after being called to the scene of a collision on U.S. 95 that left his bull mortally wounded.
“We’re going to see what happens in the election,” said Alvin Yantis, Jack’s brother.
Alvin Yantis said he hopes a candidate for Adams County sheriff will emerge before the March 11 deadline for candidacy in the 2016 election. He criticized Sheriff Ryan Zollman for making statements about the shooting, saying Idaho State Police should manage all communication.
Rebecca Barrow, who organized the Justice for Jack rally, said she would continue to rally every couple of months until there is progress; namely, she wants the deputies involved, Cody Roland and Brian Wood, to be handed a prison sentence.
“It’s tiring — a lot of sleepless nights,” she said. “If I have sleepless nights, the family has it a million times worse.”
Many of the protesters held signs highlighting how long the investigation has taken. ISP assured the public Wednesday that interviews are complete and investigators are just waiting for lab reports before they wrap up their inquiry. Barrow said that it’s already been a long and frustrating process and that residents are eager to see it go to court.
“We’re here just to support the family and let them know that we’re still fighting this fight with them every day to have justice for Jack (Yantis),” she said. “He’s not forgotten, even though it’s been 126 days. We’re still fighting for justice for him. And we’ll be fighting until those (deputies) are in prison for murder.”
Barrow said she grew up in Council and knows the Yantis family. Being in a small community meant everyone was connected to the incident to some degree, she said.