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Sisseton Man Indicted for Murder

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

ABERDEEN - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that a federal grand jury has indicted a Sisseton, South Dakota, man for First Degree Murder.

Jay Adams, Jr., age 57, was indicted in April of 2023. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta L. Wollmann on April 17, 2023, and pleaded not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is mandatory life in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on or about September 4, 1992, in Roberts County, Adams killed a minor victim by inflicting fatal blunt force trauma.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the Sisseton-Wahpeton Tribal Police Department and the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley is prosecuting the case. 

Adams was released on conditions pending trial. A trial date has not been set.

Updated April 19, 2023

Violent Crime
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