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District of South Dakota

Monday, May 24, 2021

Rosebud Woman Sentenced for Involuntary Manslaughter and Perjury

Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Rosebud, South Dakota, woman convicted of Involuntary Manslaughter and Perjury was sentenced on May 17, 2021, by Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court.

Kaylee Spotted Elk, age 29, was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and a $200 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. 

Spotted Elk was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 2, 2020, for Involuntary Manslaughter and on June 16, 2020, for Perjury.   She pleaded guilty to both charges on March 1, 2021.  

On January 12, 2020, in Todd County, South Dakota, Spotted Elk killed a man while operating a motor vehicle under the influence of methamphetamine.

On November 6, 2019, Spotted Elk knowingly lied about a material fact at a federal jury trial in Pierre, South Dakota, while she was under oath and sworn to tell the truth.   

The investigations were conducted by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kirk W. Albertson and Cameron J. Cook prosecuted the cases.   

Spotted Elk was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Indian Country Law and Justice
Updated May 24, 2021