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United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a South Dakota man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for two counts of Involuntary Manslaughter and one count of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.
Moses Runs Against, age 38, was indicted on February 17, 2022. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on April 8, 2022, and pleaded not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction for each Involuntary Manslaughter charge is eight years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, three years of supervised release, and a $100 assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. As to the charge of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, the maximum penalty is 10 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, three years of supervised release, and a $100 assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The charges relate to Runs Against killing two females by operating a motor vehicle while under the intoxicating influence of alcohol on January 22, 2022, near Manderson, South Dakota. Two other females were also seriously injured in the accident.
The charges are merely accusations and Runs Against is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Megan Poppen is prosecuting the case.
Runs Against was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial. A trial date has been set for June 14, 2022.