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McLaughlin Man Pleads Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter

September 6, 2012
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Ivan Looking Horse, Jr., age 25, of McLaughlin, South Dakota, appeared before United States District Judge Charles B. Kornmann on September 3, 2012, and pled guilty to an indictment that charged him with Involuntary Manslaughter. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 8 years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both.

The conviction arose from an incident in August 2009 when Looking Horse failed to stop at an intersection on a highway near Kenel, South Dakota. His vehicle struck the Standing Rock Sioux Transportation Bus, resulting in the death of a passenger on the bus.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs, Standing Rock Agency, conducted the investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mikal Hanson.

A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for November 26, 2012. The defendant was released pending sentencing.



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