Eagle Butte Woman Pleads Not Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter

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PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) An Eagle Butte woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Involuntary Manslaughter.  28-year-old Debra Charging Cloud was indicted on May 15-according to United States Attorney Brendan Johnson.  She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Moreno last Thursday and pleaded not guilty.  The charges are the result of an alleged incident that occurred in April of this year when Charging Cloud, while under the influence of alcohol, lost control of the vehicle she was driving on a gravel road near Eagle Butte and rolled it, resulting in the death of a passenger.  Charging Cloud was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service and a trial date has been set for November 5.  The maximum penalty for those convicted of Involuntary Manslaughter is up to eight years in custody, a $250,000 fine or both.  Restitution could also be ordered.

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