United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Mission, South Dakota man charged with voluntary manslaughter was sentenced on August 13, 2012, by United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Ronald Kills In Water, age 29, was sentenced to 108 months in custody, two years of supervised release, $1,000 in restitution, and a $100 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund.
Kills In Water was indicted by a federal grand jury on November 8, 2011, and pled guilty to the charge on May 23, 2012.
The conviction stems from an incident that took place on October 12, 2011, when Kills In Water aided and abetted the beating of the victim, who was on the ground. The victim was beaten several times, including with a baseball bat. The victim died as a result of his injuries.
The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tim Maher.
Kills In Water was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshals Service.