United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, woman convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on November 13, 2020, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.
Betsy Running Shield, age 37, was sentenced to 84 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.
Running Shield was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 3, 2020. She pled guilty on July 1, 2020.
The conviction stemmed from incidents beginning on an unknown date and continuing until on or about March 2020, when Running Shield, along with at least one other person, reached an agreement, or came to an understanding, to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture of a substance containing methamphetamine in the District of South Dakota.
During her involvement, Running Shield received methamphetamine from a co-conspirator for redistribution in South Dakota and elsewhere.
This case was investigated by the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, the Sioux Falls Area Drug Task Force, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Tamara Nash prosecuted the case.
Running Shield was allowed to self-surrender on or before January 5, 2021.