U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Kristy M. His Law, age 22, of Ft. Thompson, appeared before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange on January 24, 2012, and pled guilty to Counts III and IV of the indictment that charged her with Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol with a Minor Present in the Motor Vehicle. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 2 years' imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and 1 year of supervised release.
The conviction stems from an incident in August 2011 when the defendant drove away from a residence where she had been consuming alcohol. Shortly thereafter, the defendant swerved, drove into the right side of the ditch, went back onto the roadway and then drove into the ditch on the left side of the roadway. The vehicle ended crashing in the ditch. At the time of the crash, there were four individuals in the car, two of whom were minors.
As a result of the crash, several individuals suffered injuries. At the hospital, several blood draws were taken from the defendant that indicated her blood alcohol content was .168% at 8:56 a.m. and .161% at 9:45 a.m.
The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Crow Creek Agency. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges.
A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for April 16, 2012. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending sentencing.