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St. Francis Woman Charged with Involuntary Manslaughter

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

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

Diana Swift, age 31, was indicted on November 10, 2020.  She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on November 13, 2020, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to eight years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, three years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on September 14, 2020, in Todd County, South Dakota, Swift killed a woman by operating a motor vehicle in a grossly negligent manner.

The charge is merely an accusation and Swift 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 Kirk Albertson is prosecuting the case.   

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

Updated November 16, 2020

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