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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

Friday, September 13, 2013

Agency Village Man Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Agency Village, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Involuntary Manslaughter. 

John Henry Sargeant, age 36, was indicted on September 10, 2013.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on September 12, 2013, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 8 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.   

The charge is merely an accusation and Sargeant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Sisseton-Wahpeton Tribal Police Department, Bureau of Indian Affairs Law Enforcement Services, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas J. Wright is prosecuting the case.   

Sargeant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service  pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Updated June 22, 2015