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Mission Woman Sentenced for Involuntary Manslaughter

U.S. Attorney’s Office February 14, 2013
  • District of South Dakota (605) 330-4400

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Mission, South Dakota woman convicted of involuntary manslaughter was sentenced on February 12, 2013, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Kristen Bear Heels, age 29, was sentenced to six months in custody, six months’ home confinement, 18 months of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund. Bear Heels was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 19, 2012, and pled guilty to the charge on November 27, 2012.

The conviction stems from an incident that took place on May 11, 2012, when Bear Heels asphyxiated the victim by overlaying. The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie H. Ruettgers. Bear Heels must self-report to the custody U.S. Marshals Servie on February 15, 2013.

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