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Nebraska Man Sentenced for Involuntary Manslaughter

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that an Alliance, Nebraska, man convicted of Involuntary Manslaughter was sentenced on June 13, 2017, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Michael L. Ghost, age 24, was sentenced to 72 months of imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund and restitution in an amount to be determined at a later date.

Ghost was charged on February 23, 2016, and pleaded guilty on March 10, 2017. The conviction stems from Ghost driving a vehicle while intoxicated and speeding, causing it to crash, killing a passenger.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Kelderman prosecuted the case.

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

Updated June 16, 2017