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Fort Thompson Man Sentenced for Manslaughter

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Fort Thompson, South Dakota, man convicted of Involuntary Manslaughter was sentenced on September 21, 2020, by Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court.

Antoine Medicine Crow, Jr., age 38, was sentenced to 30 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.

Medicine Crow was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 13, 2019.  He pled guilty on June 29, 2020.

The conviction stemmed from an incident on April 26, 2019, in Buffalo County, on the Crow Creek Reservation, when Medicine Crow operated a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.  Medicine Crow attempted to pass another vehicle, at a high rate of speed, and lost control of the car.  The vehicle careened into the ditch and rolled over multiple times.  Medicine Crow and another individual were both ejected from the car, with the ejected passenger ultimately dying from her injuries. 

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Crow Creek Agency.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley prosecuted the case.

Medicine Crow was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated September 27, 2020

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