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Winnebago Man Charged with Manslaughter

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

United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced the unsealing of a criminal complaint charging Jonathan Daniel Rooney, age 25, of Winnebago, Nebraska with Manslaughter occurring in Indian Country for the death of Kozee Decorah. Rooney’s arrest occurred on June 1, 2020. The maximum punishment for the offense is 15 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Rooney appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Susan M. Bazis on June 3, 2020. A preliminary hearing and a detention hearing will be held at a date to be determined. As this matter concerns an ongoing investigation, the United States Attorney’s Office is unable to provide additional comment at this time.

This case was investigated by the Winnebago Police Department, the Nebraska State Fire Marshal, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

A complaint is a formal accusation of conduct, not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated June 5, 2020

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime