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Driver gets 16-year prison term for crash that killed family


February 6, 2019

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A Porcupine corrections officer has been sentenced to 16 years in prison after being convicted in a drunken-driving crash that killed a family on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Tyler Makes Him First earlier pleaded guilty to three involuntary manslaughter charges in the 2017 crash that killed 42-year-old Waylon Red Elk Sr., his pregnant 34-year-old wife Jaylene Pretends Eagle; and their 1-year-old son Waylon Red Elk Jr. The prosecution in return dropped a charge involving the unborn child, who was nearly due at 7 1/2 months' gestation, the Rapid City Journal reported.


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