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Former Tribal Police Dispatcher Convicted in 30-Year-Old MMIP Case

An enrolled member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate tribe was convicted last week of voluntary manslaughter in a three-decades-old cold case on the Lake Traverse Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

Jay Adams, 58, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $50 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

In 1992, Adams, his three children, his girlfriend, and her 23-month-old daughter were living in his parent's home on the Lake Traverse Indian Reservation in Roberts County, S.D. After working a night shift as a dispatcher for the Sisseton Wahpeton Tribal Police Department, he returned home to find everyone in the residence asleep. Upon checking on the children, he discovered the 23-month-old had soiled her diaper and bedding. He reacted violently, slamming her on the ground and striking her head on the cement floor. An autopsy report later revealed evidence of forceful blows to her abdomen. Adams did not render aid or call 911; instead, he placed her back into bed.


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