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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Pukwana Man Charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol Causing Serious Bodily Injury to a Minor

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Pukwana, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol Causing Serious Bodily Injury to a Minor.

 

Wesley Paul Miller, age 40, was indicted on January 19, 2017. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on January 23, 2017, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

 

The maximum penalty upon conviction is not more than 5 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

 

The Indictment alleges that on July 5, 2016, Miller, while being in actual physical control of a vehicle and under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, drove over a minor child, causing serious bodily injury.

 

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

 

The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Crow Creek Agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges is prosecuting the case.

 

Miller was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not been set.

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Updated January 28, 2017