United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Pine Ridge, South Dakota, woman was charged in federal district court with Second Degree Murder.
Doreen Brown, age 43, was charged on July 1, 2019. Brown appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on July 3, 2019, and pleaded not guilty to the charge. The maximum penalty upon conviction is life in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, 5 years of supervised release, and a $100 assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The charge relates to Brown stabbing a man with a screwdriver at Pine Ridge in June 2019, resulting in his death. The charge is merely an accusation and Brown is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sarah B. Collins and Heather Sazama are prosecuting the case.
Brown was detained pending trial. A trial date has been set for September 10, 2019.