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

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Pine Ridge Woman Charged With Killing A Man

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

Sarah Lilly Brown Eyes, age 56, was indicted on August 26, 2014.  She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on September 29, 2014, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.  

The maximum penalty upon conviction is 8 years of imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment charges that on June 24, 2014, at Slim Buttes, Brown Eyes ran over a man with a truck, killing him.

The charge is merely an accusation and Brown Eyes is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety.   Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah B. Collins is prosecuting the case.   Brown Eyes was detained pending trial. A trial date has not been set.

Updated June 22, 2015