United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Jeffery James Cadotte, Jr., age 34, of Wakpala, South Dakota, appeared before United States District Judge Charles B. Kornmann on August 1, 2011, and pled guilty to an indictment that charged him with Involuntary Manslaughter. The maximum penalty upon conviction is eight years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both; three years of supervised release; and a $100 special assessment.
The conviction arose out of a February 23, 2011, one car rollover near Wakpala, South Dakota. On February 23, 2011, James Cadotte, Jr., drank until he became intoxicated. He got into a pickup truck and picked up the victim and his three-year-old son in Wakpala. They then drove around until around 10:00 p.m., when because of Cadotte’s intoxication, he lost control of the pickup, which resulted in a one-vehicle car crash. This car crash resulted in the death of Cari Hill, age 27.
The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Standing Rock Agency. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mikal Hanson.
A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for October 31, 2011. The defendant was released on bond for further alcohol treatment pending sentencing.