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Manderson Woman Sentenced for Misprision of a Felony

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

RAPID CITY - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier has sentenced a Manderson, South Dakota, woman convicted of Misprison of a Felony. The sentencing took place on July 8, 2024.

Jaimee Lewis, 43, was sentenced to one year in federal prison, followed by one year of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Lewis was indicted for Accessory After the Fact to Second Degree Murder by a federal grand jury in May of 2022. She pleaded guilty to Misprision of a Felony on May 3, 2024.

On February 5, 2022, a seventeen-year-old female was shot to death by her boyfriend in a home where Lewis had temporarily been living. Lewis arrived home after the minor had been killed, but while her remains lay in a bedroom in the residence. Lewis used bleach to conceal evidence of the shooting and did not immediately report her knowledge of the death to law enforcement or any other authorities.

This matter was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office because the Major Crimes Act, a federal statute, mandates that certain violent crimes alleged to have occurred in Indian Country be prosecuted in Federal court as opposed to State court.

This case was investigated by the FBI and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division. Assistant U.S. Attorney Heather Knox prosecuted the case.

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

Updated July 10, 2024

Indian Country Law and Justice