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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Mission Woman Sentenced for Misprision of a Felony

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Mission, South Dakota, woman convicted of Misprision of a Felony was sentenced on February 5, 2018, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Wastewin Jonnie Waukechon, age 39, was sentenced to 9 months in custody, 1 year of supervised release, and a special assessment of $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Waukechon was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 15, 2017, for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance, Distribution of a Controlled Substance, and Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance. Waukechon pled guilty to Misprision of a Felony on November 13, 2017.

On February 8, 2017, Waukechon accompanied Richard Neiss from Rapid City to Eagle Butte, South Dakota, where Neiss intended to distribute methamphetamine. Waukechon was present and watched while Neiss sold 11.1 grams of methamphetamine to another individual in Eagle Butte. Waukechon, having knowledge of the methamphetamine distribution transaction, concealed that fact from federal law enforcement and did not otherwise report the incident to a judge or other person in civil authority.

This case was investigated by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services Narcotics Division, and the Northern Plains Safe Trials Drug Enforcement Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney SaraBeth Donovan prosecuted the case.

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

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Updated February 7, 2018