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McLaughlin Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Second Degree Murder of Son

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a McLaughlin, South Dakota, man convicted of Second Degree Murder was sentenced on August 26, 2019, by U.S. District Jude Charles B. Kornmann.

Kenneth William Chase, age 32, was sentenced to 210 months in federal prison, to be followed by 4 years of supervised release.  He was ordered to pay $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. 

According to court documents, the murder took place in Chase’s and the victim’s residence in Corson County on April 5 or 6, 2018.  Chase committed the murder upon a minor victim, his infant son, by inflicting traumatic head injuries to the victim.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Indian Affairs – Office of Justice Services, and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Law Enforcement.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy R. Jehangiri prosecuted the case.   

Chase was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated April 18, 2023

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime