Last Suspect in Reservation Drug Ring Sentenced

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ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – The last of eight people charged in a violent drug ring on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in the Dakotas has been sentenced to federal prison.

The American News reports 22-year-old Andrew Kills Crow was sentenced to 51 months, or a little more than four years behind bars on counts of assault with dangerous weapons. Kills Crow pleaded guilty in return for prosecutors dropping drug and kidnapping counts.

U.S. District Judge Charles Kornmann said the plea deal made him “very uncomfortable.” But defense attorney Scott Kuck and prosecutor Kathryn Rich said they agreed that Kills Crow was the least culpable of those involved in the Mobridge, S.D.-based ring.

Sentences for the seven other suspects ranged from about three years in prison to nearly 18 years for ringleader Marco Uribe.


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