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First Cousins From La Plant Sentenced For Incest

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

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a La Plant, South Dakota, man and woman convicted of Incest were sentenced on November 18, 2013, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Nicholas Ray White Eagle, age 26, and Fawn Lynn Scott, age 21, were each sentenced to 3 years of probation and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

White Eagle and Scott were indicted by a federal grand jury on June 12, 2013, and pled guilty to Incest on August 14, 2013.

In April 2011, White Eagle and Scott, first cousins, had consensual sexual intercourse that produced a child with a genetic disability.  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 marriages are void.

The investigation was conducted by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Division.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mikal Hanson.                                     

Updated June 22, 2015