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McLaughlin Man Indicted For Failure To Appear

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

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a McLaughlin, South Dakota man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Failure to Appear for his sentencing hearing. The hearing was United States v. Ivan Looking Horse, Jr., in which Looking Horse pled guilty to the crime of Involuntary Manslaughter.

Ivan Looking Horse, Jr., age 25, was indicted by a federal grand jury on February 13, 2013. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate William D. Gerdes on March 1, 2013 and pled not guilty to the new indictment for Failure to Appear. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 5 years in custody, a $250,000, or both; 3 years of supervised release; and a $100 special assessment. Restitution may also be ordered. The charge is merely an accusation, and Looking Horse, Jr., is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Looking Horse’s conviction for Involuntary Manslaughter arose from an incident in August 2009 when he failed to stop at an intersection on a highway near Kenel, and his vehicle then struck the Standing Rock Sioux Community Transportation Bus, resulting in the death of a passenger on the bus.

The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Marshal Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mikal Hanson is prosecuting the case. Looking Horse, Jr., was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal. A trial date has not been set.

Updated June 22, 2015