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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Kyle Woman Sentenced to Nine Years in Federal Prison

United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that a Kyle, South Dakota, woman convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on July 7, 2022, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Donna Garnette, age 29, was sentenced to nine years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Garnette was indicted for the charge by a federal grand jury in May 2021, and pleaded guilty in December 2021.  The conviction stems from Garnette obtaining and distributing fentanyl (4-ANPP) and hydrocodone pills with her conspirators on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

The case was investigated by the Badlands Safe Trails Task Force, which includes the FBI, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety, South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigation, and the Department of Health and Human Services-Office of Inspector General.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Megan Poppen prosecuted the case.

Garnette was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Topic(s): 
Indian Country Law and Justice
Drug Trafficking
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Updated July 12, 2022