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Bullhead Man Sentenced to 5 Years for Manslaughter

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Bullhead, South Dakota, man was sentenced on December 16, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann, as a result of a jury convicting him of involuntary manslaughter. 

Daniel Brown, age 29, was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release.  He was ordered to pay $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. 

According to court documents, on or about September 8, 2018, in Bullhead, Daniel Brown unlawfully killed Dionne Brown Otter by operating a motor vehicle recklessly while under the influence of alcohol and a controlled substance. Brown had a blood alcohol content of .22 percent and methamphetamine in his system.  While driving up an unmaintained steep hill that had a walking path, Brown lost control of his crew cab truck, causing it to roll down the hill.  As a result of the roll, two people were ejected, including Dionne Brown Otter.  The second individual also sustained serious injuries.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Indian Affairs – Office of Justice Services, and the South Dakota Highway Patrol.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy Jehangiri prosecuted the case.       

Brown was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated December 19, 2019

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