Parmelee Woman Sentenced for Three Charges of Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol with a Minor Present
Assistant United States Attorney
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Parmelee, South Dakota, woman charged with three counts of Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of Alcohol with a Minor Present in the Motor Vehicle was sentenced on April 18, 2011, by United States Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno. Jennifer Leigh Grassrope, age 20, was sentenced to three years of probation to include six months of home confinement and 100 hours of community service work. She must also pay a $500 fine, $300 restitution, and $75 in special assessments to the Victim Assistance Fund.
Grassrope was indicted for Child Abuse and three counts of Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of Alcohol with a Minor Present by a federal grand jury on November 9, 2010. The charges relate to Grassrope driving while under the influence of alcohol with a minors present in the vehicles she was driving. On August 27, 2010, Grassrope drove a vehicle to Spring Creek, South Dakota, while under the influence, with two minors in the vehicle.
The same day, Grassrope offended again when she drove a vehicle to Parmelee, South Dakota, while under the influence of alcohol, again with two minors present in the vehicle. On November 4, 2010,
Grassrope was again driving while under the influence of alcohol with a different minor present in the vehicle. Grassrope lost control of the vehicle and drove the vehicle into a ditch during this incident. Grassrope pled guilty to the charges on February 10, 2011.
This case was investigated by Rosebud Law Enforcement Services. Assistant United States Attorney Tim Maher prosecuted the case.