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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Oglala Man Sentenced to 16 Years in Deaths of Three Family Members and Unborn Child

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that an Oglala, South Dakota, man convicted of three counts of Involuntary Manslaughter was sentenced by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Tyler Makes Him First, age 29, was sentenced on February 1, 2019, to 16 years in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $300 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund and $9,300 in restitution.

Makes Him First was charged on May 22, 2018.  The conviction stems from Makes Him First crossing into oncoming traffic on BIA 27 at a high rate of speed while intoxicated, hitting an oncoming car and killing all three occupants, including a one-year old child and a pregnant woman, in November 2017 near Porcupine.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety. Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Patterson prosecuted the case.

Indian Country Law and Justice
Updated February 7, 2019