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

Monday, February 4, 2019

St. Francis Woman Sentenced for Simple Assault of a Minor

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a St. Francis, South Dakota, woman convicted of Simple Assault of a Minor was sentenced on January 31, 2019, by U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno.

Tara Red Kettle, a/k/a Tera Red Kettle, age 20, was sentenced to 9 months and 18 days in federal prison, followed by 1 year of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $25.

Red Kettle was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 12, 2018.  She pled guilty on January 31, 2019.

The conviction stemmed from an incident that occurred on April 6, 2018, wherein Red Kettle threw her infant child on a bed in frustration, causing the child’s head to strike a wall.

This case was investigated by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk Albertson prosecuted the case.

Red Kettle was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Indian Country Law and Justice
Updated February 4, 2019