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NE Man Gets 51 Months For Pine Ridge Deaths

There are 18 comments on the KELO-TV Sioux Falls story from Apr 1, 2009, titled NE Man Gets 51 Months For Pine Ridge Deaths. In it, KELO-TV Sioux Falls reports that:

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An outraged mom

Mesa, AZ

#1 Aug 30, 2009
I guess saying he gets 51 months makes it sound like he got the right sentence. Wrong! A little over 4 years for the life of 2 people AND a whopping $1700 in restitution. Could the judge been more generous especially when this family has money? I guess we know much the lives of 2 Native kids are worth. What a joke. And this guy has been arrested for DUI's in the past AND in this particular crime he left the scene of the crime! What does he have to do to get a sentence that befits the crime. Well, I guess it will take him driving drunk and hitting some white kids before a court will ever do anything about this monster. Mark my words, when he's out he'll drive drunk again.
LongArm

San Carlos, CA

#2 Aug 30, 2009
Other natives hit other natives while drunk driving all the time. Why don't you get outraged over that????? Or do you just hate white people and the Hotz?
yung native

Freeman, SD

#3 Sep 16, 2009
juss cuz u white folks think u better than evry one else doesnt mean u are....so do me a favor and put a sock in it....u'd pry be all piss'd if a indian hit a white kid nd left the scene....so there....nd for ur info....I hate white people....:)....how bout dat huh....:)
LongArm

San Carlos, CA

#4 Sep 16, 2009
F you and your Black Hills that you'll never get back. Keep livin off the government tit dog eater.
alice

Kansas City, MO

#5 Sep 17, 2009
yung native wrote:
juss cuz u white folks think u better than evry one else doesnt mean u are....so do me a favor and put a sock in it....u'd pry be all piss'd if a indian hit a white kid nd left the scene....so there....nd for ur info....I hate white people....:)....how bout dat huh....:)
Great example of the edjumakshun some idiots have.
Really

Sacramento, CA

#6 Sep 22, 2009
I am suprised by everyone that has posted here. This isn't about being Indian or White. It's about the loss of life. If you came here to degrade each other, this isn't the platform. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but REALLY folks aren't you all off topic?
latokalibra9

United States

#7 Sep 28, 2009
2 lives were lost thats the point. a man got a very lite sentance, what comes around goes around. he will get his!! karma works whether u believe so or not. god bless all of u native (red) or white. im dark and now all these white people tan to look like me!! peace people peace..
outraged mom

Mesa, AZ

#8 Oct 10, 2009
latokalibra9 wrote:
2 lives were lost thats the point. a man got a very lite sentance, what comes around goes around. he will get his!! karma works whether u believe so or not. god bless all of u native (red) or white. im dark and now all these white people tan to look like me!! peace people peace..
You're absolutely right. It should only be about the crime. I got off base when I wrote my first comment, but I would have outraged at the sentence no matter who was killed. They were just young kids & they didn't deserve it. The judge should have taken all of the other dui's, tickets, etc this man has received that lead up to the deaths of the 2 people. Its very sad.
Dave

Fort Pierce, FL

#9 Oct 18, 2009
All that money must have bought him a lawyer akin to the one O.J. Simpson had.
Thunder

Lander, WY

#10 Feb 7, 2010
well , the two people that were walking were sober and the man that hit them did not remember anything. So that tells me that he was driving drunk. This is a tragedy that can never bring back two precious human lives and to get less than five years in prison. This is SO a slap on the wrist.
Mark

Sunbury, OH

#11 Feb 9, 2010
An outraged mom wrote:
I guess saying he gets 51 months makes it sound like he got the right sentence. Wrong! A little over 4 years for the life of 2 people AND a whopping $1700 in restitution. Could the judge been more generous especially when this family has money? I guess we know much the lives of 2 Native kids are worth. What a joke. And this guy has been arrested for DUI's in the past AND in this particular crime he left the scene of the crime! What does he have to do to get a sentence that befits the crime. Well, I guess it will take him driving drunk and hitting some white kids before a court will ever do anything about this monster. Mark my words, when he's out he'll drive drunk again.
I agree with you but I think the fault lies in the law itself concerning the jailtime and not the color of anybody's skin. The judge is only allowed to give a maximum of a 4 year (48 month) sentence. Thats it for involuntary manslaughter. That means the judge gave him the maximum sentence he could under the law and found something else to add a couple of months extra. I see both whites and first nation people showing a lot of rasism here and nothing but racism. Its about the crime and about the law. You don't like the law? Then write to your congressmen and change it. Calling it racist doesn't deal with the real issue. The LAW --same for both white and non-whites.
Nation

Lander, WY

#12 Feb 23, 2010
alice wrote:
<quoted text>Great example of the edjumakshun some idiots have.
yung native has a right to an opinion so leave it at that.
GRALD

Lander, WY

#13 Jul 7, 2010
LongArm wrote:
F you and your Black Hills that you'll never get back. Keep livin off the government tit dog eater.
Sounds like you are having a very bad day. There are other threads that you may like to try concerning other minorities. Get down on them instead of squeezing out your bad air trying to pollute native americans with your petty little comments. Remember there are many native americans.you put down one you put down the rest. i promise you that we are beautiful people and no matter what you say you will never damage the native pride.I am happy to be who i am.
Ridger Queen

Kadoka, SD

#14 Jul 8, 2010
outraged mom wrote:
<quoted text>
You're absolutely right. It should only be about the crime. I got off base when I wrote my first comment, but I would have outraged at the sentence no matter who was killed. They were just young kids & they didn't deserve it. The judge should have taken all of the other dui's, tickets, etc this man has received that lead up to the deaths of the 2 people. Its very sad.
I like the fact that you came back and restated your comments.

That said, I would advise the family of the two people who were killed to now seek damages in civil court for wrongful death.

If he had insurance they can pay and if he has some White Clay alcohol wealth he can help foot the bill.
Dawning Light

Lander, WY

#15 Aug 13, 2010
I am sad for the loss of these two young people that met their end because of a drunk driver. I believe that he should have gotten a stiffer sentence and i bigger fine. Two innocent lives were snuffed out because someone chose to drink and drive. Nothing can ever bring them back to their families and ease the grief and tears caused by this tragedy and i hope that this person that caused this will regret this the rest of his life.
my condolences to the families.
Opinion

Hot Springs, SD

#16 Aug 23, 2010
Now what is the opinions in regards to this issue where a older Native American one drugs beat up on purpose a younger white man and left him to die?
__________

Teenager who was beaten and left on the street after Sioux Falls fight dies
The Associated Press | Posted: Monday, August 23, 2010 1:00 pm

SIOUX FALLS -- A man beaten and left unconscious on a Sioux Falls street last week has died.

Police on Monday said 18-year-old Jason Hall died Saturday. Officers found him in the road last Thursday with severe head trauma following a fight.

Authorities do not believe any weapons were used in the altercation. A 26-year-old man was taken into custody before Hall's death on aggravated assault and drug charges. The Minnehaha County state's attorney is deciding whether Burton Eagle Hawk Jr. will face new charges.

A telephone listing could not be found for Eagle Hawk.
Reasonable

United States

#17 Apr 18, 2012
The man turned himself in! He didnt have to!! And f.y.i. South Dakotas crime rate is ten times that of Nebraskas. Say were racist, and we stole your land. God damn right we did, look at what youve done with the little bit we gave you. Its dispicable! Trash trash trash, everybodys drunk, stinky, rude and stupid. You spend our hard earned money on hurricanes and taco johns. You get money every month for nothing. The government is just paying to keep you animals in the jungle. Filth!!!!! We white people earn our keep and keep our communitys clean and safe......your talking shit on a computer the government bought, gonna eat some food the government bought, prob shitfaced right now. A dump swarming with aids and herpes and rape and murder, thats what a fucking reservation is.
virginia

Casper, WY

#18 Oct 18, 2012
us natives dont go raping lil kids like ur damn priests n look all serial killers r white n meth heads,n look at all the white trash look at the lil abducted kids,white again,mg look at u ppl r child rapists.u know how much whites r on goverment assistance now?thank god for goverment housing or more whites would be living on the streets at least we have a home thats the rez,were would you be if u were kicked off ur land if u own any in a homeless shelter like the rest of the whites that have no place to go,i bet u never went to the rez before,ppl make it on their own they dont stand in line for computers n as for rapists hell theres more of that in the white world,im glad the ole white pervs r scared to go to the rez to abducte our kids they'll get scalped.

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