United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Wakpala man charged with Involuntary Manslaughter was sentenced on October 24, 2011, by United States District Judge Charles B. Kornmann. Jeffery James Cadotte, Jr., aka Jeffrey James Cadotte, Jr., age 34, was sentenced to 33 months in custody, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund.
Cadotte was indicted for Involuntary Manslaughter and Child Abuse by a federal grand jury on March 8, 2011. The conviction arose out of a February 23, 2011, one-car rollover near Wakpala, South Dakota. On that day, Cadotte drank until he became intoxicated. He then got into a pickup truck and picked up the victim and Cadotte’s three-year-old son in Wakpala. They drove around until around 10:00 p.m., when because of Cadotte’s intoxication, he lost control of the pickup, and ended up in a one-vehicle car crash. This car crash resulted in the death of Cari Hill, age 27. Cadotte pled guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter on July 21, 2011.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Standing Rock Agency. Assistant United States Attorney Mikal Hanson prosecuted the case.