United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Norris, South Dakota man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for involuntary manslaughter, child abuse, and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol with a minor present in the motor vehicle.
Mark Clairmont, age 38, was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 12, 2012. He appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on June 19, 2012, and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 15 years’ custody, a $250,000 fine, or both.
The charges are merely accusations, and Clairmont is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Marie H. Ruettgers. Clairmont was released on bond pending trial.