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

Friday, November 17, 2017

Spearfish Woman Sentenced to 40 Years for Role in Child’s Death

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Spearfish, South Dakota, woman convicted of Second Degree Murder was sentenced on November 17, 2017, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Lori Ann Wisecarver, age 44, was sentenced to 40 years of imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised release, ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund, and restitution in an amount to be determined.

Wiscarver was charged on September 15, 2015, and pleaded guilty on February 3, 2017. The conviction stems from Wisecarver’s prolonged and extreme physical abuse of a young boy from October 2014 to February 2015 at Pine Ridge.  The abuse ultimately caused the death of the child.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety. 

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sarah B. Collins and Eric Kelderman prosecuted the case.

Violent Crime
Updated November 17, 2017