St. Francis woman sentenced for involuntary manslaughter and criminal contempt

ST. FRANCIS, S.D. — A St. Francis woman has been sentenced to 36 months in federal prison for involuntary manslaughter and criminal contempt.

In October of 2017, Omalewin Neck, 25, consumed alcohol before driving a car northbound on BIA 1 south of St. Francis.

She had one passenger in her car, an adult female. As Neck approached St. Francis, she lost control and the car rolled several times. Both Neck and her passenger were ejected.

Her passenger died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Neck was seriously hurt, but survived.

While Neck was in custody for the accident, she was granted furlough to attend a funeral. Instead of going to the funeral, she went to a casino hotel in Lake Andes, South Dakota, and consumed alcoholic beverages. She was arrested later that day and indicted for criminal contempt.

Neck pleaded guilty to both involuntary manslaughter and criminal contempt. She faces 3 years of supervised release after her prison sentence and has been ordered to pay $1,500 in restitution.

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