United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a man and a woman from Parmelee, South Dakota, have been indicted by a federal grand jury for Child Abuse. The man has also been indicted by a federal grand jury for Involuntary Manslaughter.
Dakota Horned Eagle, age 29, and Ashley Stoneman, age 25, were indicted on July 23, 2019. Horned Eagle appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on August 22, 2019, and Stoneman appeared on October 25, 2019. Both pled not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction for Child Abuse is up to 15 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The maximum penalty upon conviction for Involuntary Manslaughter is up to 8 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The Indictment alleges that on July 12, 2019, Horned Eagle and Stoneman did abuse, expose, torture, torment, and cruelly punish six children. The Indictment further alleges that Horned Eagle unlawfully killed two of the children while operating a motor vehicle, in a grossly negligent manner.
The charges are merely accusations and Horned Eagle and Stoneman are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk Albertson is prosecuting the case.
Horned Eagle and Stoneman were remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial, which has been set for December 17, 2019.