Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 11, 2016
Okreek Man Charged with Involuntary Manslaughter
United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that an Okreek, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Involuntary Manslaughter.
Donovan Wright, age 48, was indicted on February 17, 2016. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on April 5, 2016, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 8 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
It is alleged that on January 30, 2016, in Todd County, South Dakota, Wright killed a man by operating a motor vehicle in a grossly negligent manner.
The charge is merely an accusation and Wright is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services and Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk W. Albertson is prosecuting the case.
Wright was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial. A trial date has not been set.