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South Dakota Woman Sentenced for Manslaughter

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

Acting United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that Jordon R. Whipple, 28, of Bonesteel, South Dakota, was sentenced today in federal court in Omaha, Nebraska, for involuntary manslaughter. United States District Court Judge Brian C. Buescher sentenced Whipple to 41 months’ imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system. After her release from prison, Whipple will begin a three-year term of supervised release.

On August 16, 2020, Whipple, an enrolled member of the Santee Sioux Tribe, was driving in Santee while under the influence of alcohol when she lost control of the vehicle and crashed. The passenger, a young mother from Santee, was killed as a result of the injuries she sustained during the accident.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Santee Sioux Nation Police Department.

Updated September 23, 2022

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