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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 9, 2015

First Cousins From La Plant Sentenced For Incest

Acting United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a La Plant, South Dakota, man and woman, convicted of Incest, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Nicholas Ray White Eagle, age 28, was sentenced to 12 months and one day in custody, followed by 1 year of supervised release. Fawn Lynn Scott, age 22, was sentenced to 4 months in custody, followed by 2 years of supervised release.  Both were ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

 White Eagle and Scott were indicted by a federal grand jury on January 14, 2015, and pled guilty to Incest in March of 2015.

On or about October 21, 2013, first cousins White Eagle and Scott had consensual sexual intercourse that produced a child with a genetic disability.  This is the third child born to these two cousins. At the time of the sexual intercourse, White Eagle and Scott were not legally married and were within the degrees of consanguinity with each other within which a marriage was void.

This case was investigated by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller prosecuted the case.

White Eagle and Scott were immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.


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Updated June 22, 2015