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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Wisconsin

Friday, May 31, 2019

Keshena Woman Indicted for Involuntary Manslaughter and Aggravated Assault on Menominee Indian Reservation

Matthew D. Krueger, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on May 29, 2019, a federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment against a woman allegedly involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident in the Legend Lake area of the Menominee Indian Reservation. The indictment charged Erin Schweitzer, also known as Erin Martin (age: 39), of Keshena, which is located on the Menominee Indian Reservation, with Involuntary Manslaughter in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1112.

Schweitzer faces a maximum of 8 years’ imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to 3 years of supervised release if convicted of this offense. The indictment also charged Schweitzer with two counts of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury in violation of 18 U.S.C. 113(a)(6). For each of these counts, Schweitzer faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to 3 years of supervised release.

According to the indictment, on or about April 18, 2019, Schweitzer was allegedly operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant when her driving resulted in a 2-car accident that killed a passenger and seriously injured two other occupants in the other vehicle. Schweitzer is an enrolled member of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin.

The Menominee Tribal Police Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, and Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew J. Maier.

An indictment is only a charge and not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Updated May 31, 2019