A Fort Thompson man will serve 2 1/2 years in federal prison following an involuntary manslaughter conviction involving drunk driving and the death of his passenger.
Antoine Medicine Crow Jr., 38, was sentenced on Sept. 21 to 30 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund of $100. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Roberto Lange presided over the sentencing.
Medicine Crow was indicted by a federal grand jury on Aug. 13, 2019, and pleaded guilty on June 29.
The conviction stems from an incident on April 26, 2019, in Buffalo County on the Crow Creek Reservation, when Medicine Crow operated a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Medicine Crow attempted to pass another vehicle, at a high rate of speed, and lost control of the car. The vehicle careened into the ditch and rolled over multiple times.
Medicine Crow and 27-year-old Ariana Obago, of Fort Thompson, were both ejected from the car, with Obago ultimately dying from her injuries. The case’s factual basis indicates a South Dakota Highway Patrol crash reconstruction showed that Medicine Crow was driving at least 72 mph at the time of the incident in an area with a 35 mph speed limit. Medicine Crow also had an estimated blood alcohol content over three times the legal limit of 0.08, according to court documents.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Crow Creek Agency.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley prosecuted the case. Medicine Crow was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S.Marshals Service.
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