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Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians of North Dakota

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Darren D. Henry of Belcourt has pleaded guilty to three counts of involuntary manslaughter before U.S. District Court Senior Judge Patrick A. Conmy. He pleaded guilty Oct. 31 to killing Ernest Acoose, Barbara Acoose and Morgan Acoose, all of Canada, as a result of a car accident while driving while intoxicated, on the wrong side of the road, and driving without due care for the rights and safety of others. The accident occurred in September 1999 on the Turtle Mountain Reservation. Sentencing is scheduled Jan. 1. The charge of involuntary manslaughter carries a statutory maximum penalty of 18 years in prison. The case was investigated by the FBI and BIA.