United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Lawrence Anthony Whipple, age 54, of Mission, South Dakota, appeared before United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange on June 20, 2012, and pled guilty to second-degree murder. The maximum penalty upon conviction is life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both.
The conviction stems from an incident that took place on February 7, 2012, when Whipple stabbed the victim with a knife. The victim died as a result of her injuries.
The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tim Maher.
A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for September 10, 2012. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshals Service pending sentencing.