Last suspect in Standing Rock reservation drug ring sentencedABERDEEN, 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.
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.
Andrew Kills Crow, 22, was sentenced Monday to 51 months, or a little more than four years, behind bars on counts of assault with dangerous weapons. Kills Crow pleaded guilty earlier in return for prosecutors dropping drug and kidnapping counts, the American News reported. He already has been in custody for 1 ½ years.
U.S. District Judge Charles Kornmann said he was uncomfortable with the plea deal because it was a "cobbled-together agreement that may or may not be based on the facts."
However, defense attorney Scott Kuck and prosecutor Kathryn Rich agreed that Kills Crow was the least culpable of those involved in the Mobridge, S.D.-based ring.
Authorities say the ring distributed methamphetamine and cocaine on the reservation that straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border, and that members of the ring were involved in other crimes including kidnappings, beatings and a shooting. Kornmann said during the sentencing of ringleader Marco Uribe in August that he was surprised no one had been killed.
Sentences for the seven other suspects ranged from about three years in prison to nearly 18 years for Uribe.