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Press Release

Parmelee Man Pleads Guilty To Involuntary Manslaughter

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

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Nathaniel Red Bird, age 32, of Parmelee, South Dakota appeared before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange on June 4, 2013 and pled guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter and Aiding and Abetting.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is 8 years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both; 3 years of supervised release; and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

The conviction stems from an incident that took place on the evening of August 13, 2011 and into the early morning hours of August 14, 2011, when the victim died of asphyxiation from overlaying due to the negligence of Red Bird and a co-defendant.

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

A presentence investigation was ordered and a sentencing date was set for August 26, 2013. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending sentencing.

Updated June 22, 2015