Positive drug test delays sentencing in manslaughter case

Porcupine man pleaded guilty to killing family of three in a 2017 car crash

A Porcupine man’s fate is delayed after he tested positive for marijuana right before his sentencing in Federal Court in Rapid City Friday afternoon.

Tyler Makes Him First was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of a family of three and their unborn child in a crash.

The head on crash happened about a mile north of Porcupine on the evening of Nov. 4, 2017. A blood test from Makes Him First showed he had a 0.284 percent blood alcohol content.

The victims of the crash were Waylon Red Elk, Sr., Jaylene Pretends Eagle, their child and unborn child.

Family members of the defendant and victims waited 30 minutes after the scheduled hearing was set to begin, to learn that no sentence would be handed down from Judge Jeffrey Viken.

Makes Him first was taken into U.S. Marshall Custody with his bond revoked because he violated the terms of his pre-sentence.

Jaylene Pretends Eagle’s sister, Celeste Pretends Eagle says she and her family are happy to see him in custody after “not spending a day behind bars.”

Sentencing has been rescheduled for a later date.

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