United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Pine Ridge woman charged with Misprision of a Felony was sentenced on October 21, 2011, by United States District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken. Elizabeth Red Owl, age 27, was sentenced to 3 years of probation, 20 hours of community service work, and a $100 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund.
Red Owl was indicted for Making False Statements to a Federal Agency by a federal grand jury on April 19, 2011.
The charge relates to Red Owl giving false statements about an incident involving her daughter on October 31, 2010, at Pine Ridge, to an investigator from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Red Owl’s five-month-old daughter was injured when another female threw a hammer at Red Owl and it struck the infant in the head. Red Owl did not want the other female to get in trouble, so she told law enforcement that a group of men dressed in black hit her daughter in the head with a hammer. Red Owl pled guilty to a superseding information charging her with Misprision of a Felony.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety. Assistant United States Attorney Britt Haxton prosecuted the case.