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Red Lake Woman Sentenced To 42 Months In Prison For Involuntary Manslaughter

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Minnesota

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald announced the sentencing of CHELSEA MARIE DESERLY, 30, to 42 months in prison for involuntary manslaughter resulting from a drunk driving crash. DESERLY, who pleaded guilty on May 3, 2018, to one count of involuntary manslaughter, was sentenced today before Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright in U.S. District Court in Bemidji, Minnesota.

According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, on May 16, 2015, DESERLY was driving a pickup truck while under the influence of alcohol. DESERLY was unable to keep the pickup on the roadway and rolled the vehicle into a ditch, ejecting the victim from the vehicle. DESERLY had a blood alcohol concentration of .198.

This case was the result of an investigation conducted by the Red Lake Police Department and the FBI Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force.

Assistant United States Attorney Clifford B. Wardlaw prosecuted the case.


Defendant Information:                                                                                                                     


Red Lake, Minn.


  • Involuntary manslaughter, 1 count


  • 42 months in prison
  • Three years of supervised release




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United States Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota: (612) 664-5600

Updated October 26, 2018