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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sunday, October 25, 2020

Bullhead Man Sentenced for Manslaughter

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Bullhead, South Dakota, man convicted of Manslaughter was sentenced on October 19, 2020, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann.

William Brown Otter, a/k/a Arby, age 38, was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Brown Otter was indicted by a federal grand jury on November 13, 2019.  He pled guilty on June 22, 2020.

The conviction stemmed from an incident on October 25, 2019, in McLaughlin, when Brown Otter struck an individual in the face with his fist, causing the victim to land on his head on the concrete sidewalk.  The victim died as a result of the injuries sustained to his head.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Standing Rock Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirsten Jasper prosecuted the case.

Brown Otter was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Topic(s): 
Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
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Updated October 25, 2020