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Date: 02-13-2018

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United States of America v. Bruna De Paula Cardoso

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Case Number: 1:16-cr-00248-DLH

Judge: Daniel L. Hovland

Court: United States District Court for the District of North Dakota (Burleigh County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: Jonathan O’Konek

Defendant's Attorney: Andrew Schultz

Description: Birmarck, ND - Brazilian Woman Sentenced for Involuntary Manslaughter

Chief United States District Judge Daniel L. Hovland sentenced Bruna De Paula Cardoso, 24, Brazil, on a charge of involuntary manslaughter. Judge Hovland sentenced Cardoso to serve three years and one month in prison, followed by three years of supervised release and to pay restitution.

On September 24, 2016, while in Parshall, North Dakota, Cardoso drove a vehicle while intoxicated, lost control of the vehicle and hit an "End School Zone" sign, then struck a tree. The passenger in the vehicle she was operating was killed. At the time of the accident, Cardoso’s Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) was .130 and it was determined that the speed of the vehicle was approximately 40 miles per hour, which was 15 mph over the posted 25 mph speed limit.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the assistance of the Three Affiliated Tribes Police Department.

Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to serve three years and one month in prison, followed by three years of supervised release and to pay restitution.

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