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Rapid City Man Sentenced for Involuntary Manslaughter

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Involuntary Manslaughter was sentenced on May 12, 2017, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Roger Janis, age 47, was sentenced to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Janis was charged on June 14, 2016, and pleaded guilty on September 9, 2016. The conviction stems from Janis, while under the influence of alcohol, running over a five-year-old child with his pickup at Pine Ridge, causing the boy’s death.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah B. Collins prosecuted the case.

Janis was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated May 17, 2017