United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a McLaughlin man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Involuntary Manslaughter.
Ivan Looking Horse, Jr., age 24, was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 13, 2011. Looking Horse appeared before United States Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on November 23, 2011, and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 8 years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both.
The charge relates to an allegation that the defendant, while driving a vehicle under the influence, failed to yield at an intersection of Highway 1806 with a gravel road and t-boned a Standing Rock community transit minibus resulting in the death of one passenger and the injury of several others. The charge is merely an accusation, and Looking Horse is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Standing Rock Agency. Assistant United States Attorney Mikal Hanson is prosecuting the case. Looking Horse was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not yet been set.