- Associated Press - Thursday, May 26, 2016

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A 44-year-old Lame Deer man has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana and killing a pedestrian in a hit-and-run crash.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1Z2QVn3 ) U.S. District Judge Susan Watters also ordered Marlin Dell Whitedirt to pay over $13,000 in restitution for funeral, tribal and family expenses.

Whitedirt earlier pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the November 2013 death of 18-year-old Alex Little Coyote. Court records say Little Coyote was intoxicated and walking near the fog line on Highway 212 on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation at 2:30 a.m. when he was struck and killed.

Defense attorney Ashley Harada suggested Wednesday that Whitedirt be sentenced to the six months he had already served.

Watters noted Whitedirt had three previous DUI convictions and 11 tribal court convictions for intoxication.


Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com



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