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Timber Lake Woman Sentenced for Voluntary Manslaughter

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

PIERRE - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court, has sentenced a Timber Lake, South Dakota, woman convicted of Voluntary Manslaughter.  The sentencing took place on March 13, 2023.

Brenna Low Dog, age 37, was sentenced to eight years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Low Dog was indicted for Second Degree Murder by a federal grand jury in February of 2022.  She pleaded guilty on December 8, 2022.

On January 14, 2022, Low Dog and her boyfriend got into a verbal argument. Low Dog reported to law enforcement that her boyfriend pushed her down, struck her three times in the arms with his fists, and pulled her hair. Low Dog stabbed her boyfriend once in the chest with a knife that had a five-inch serrated blade, and he died as a result.   

This case was investigated by the Dewey County Sheriff’s Office, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services, and the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller prosecuted the case.

Low Dog was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.



Updated March 20, 2023

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