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Wounded Knee Man Pleads Guilty to Second Degree Murder

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced Darwin Wade Red Cloud, a/k/a Darwin Raisch, 25, of Wounded Knee, South Dakota, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on March 22, 2018, and pleaded guilty to Second Degree Murder. 

The Magistrate Judge recommended Red Cloud’s plea be accepted by the District Court.  The maximum penalty upon conviction is life imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine.        

Between August 2014 and October 2014, at Wounded Knee, Red Cloud knowingly failed to provide sufficient sustenance to an infant, which resulted in the baby’s death.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Collins.

A presentence investigation was ordered and a sentencing date will be set.  Red Cloud was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals pending acceptance of his plea and sentencing

Updated March 27, 2018

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