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

Thursday, February 1, 2018

St. Francis Woman Charged with Involuntary Manslaughter

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a St. Francis, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Involuntary Manslaughter.

Omalewin Neck, age 24, was indicted on January 17, 2018.  She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on January 31, 2018, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 8 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 October 1, 2017, Neck unlawfully killed another human being, while operating a motor vehicle, in a grossly negligent manner.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel C. Nelson is prosecuting the case.   

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

Indian Country Law and Justice
Updated February 1, 2018