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Mission Man Sentenced for Involuntary Manslaughter

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Mission, South Dakota, man convicted of Involuntary Manslaughter was sentenced on September 28, 2020, by  Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court.

Steven Burning Breast, age 24, was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Burning Breast was indicted by a federal grand jury on November 13, 2019.  He pled guilty on July 9, 2020.

The conviction stemmed from an incident that occurred on April 22, 2019, in Todd County, South Dakota.  On that date, Burning Breast had been consuming alcohol, and was driving a car eastbound on US Highway 18.  The victims, an adult male and an adult female, were passengers in the vehicle.  As Burning Breast approached a curve at a high rate of speed, he lost control of the vehicle and left the roadway.  The vehicle rolled multiple times, causing the victims to be ejected from the vehicle.  The victims died as a result of injuries suffered in the wreck.

This case was investigated by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services and the Bennett County Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk Albertson prosecuted the case.

Burning Breast was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated September 29, 2020

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