Pine Ridge Woman Charged With Second Degree Murder
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Pine Ridge, South Dakota woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly killing her grandson at Pine Ridge on April 29, 2013.
Cheryl Jealous of Him, age 50, was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 21, 2013 for second degree murder and felony child abuse and neglect. Jealous of Him appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on May 24, 2013 and pled not guilty to the indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is life imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. The charges are merely accusations and Jealous of Him is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Collins is prosecuting the case.
Jealous of Him was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal. A trial date has been set for July 30, 2013.