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

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Parmelee Man Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Parmelee, South Dakota man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Involuntary Manslaughter.

Nathaniel Red Bird, age 32, was indicted by a federal grand jury on January 16, 2013. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on February 7, 2013 and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 8 years’ in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both; 3 years of supervised release; and a $100 Special Assessment. Restitution may also be ordered.

The charge is merely an accusation and Red Bird is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie H. Ruettgers is prosecuting the case.

Red Bird was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending trial. A trial date has been set for April 2, 2013.

Updated June 22, 2015