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Mission Man Pleads Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter

January 5, 2011
Contact: Brendan V. Johnson
United States Attorney

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Reuben W. One Star, age 21, of Mission, South Dakota, appeared before United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange on January 5, 2011, and pled guilty to count I of the indictment that charged him with Involuntary Manslaughter. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 8 years' imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both; up to 3 years of supervised release; and a $100 special assessment. Restitution may also be ordered.

The charge relates to One Star driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol near Rosebud, South Dakota, on September 2, 2010. He lost control of the vehicle, which then struck another vehicle. A small child in that vehicle died as a result of the collision. The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Rosebud Law Enforcement Services. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tim Maher.

A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for March 28, 2011. The defendant was released on bond pending sentencing.

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