POCATELLO — Ruben Wounded Head III, 20, of Chubbuck was sentenced to a total of 46 months in prison for involuntary manslaughter after a drunk driving crash that resulted in the deaths of Fort Hall residents Garrett Osborne and Jessica Stump.
Wounded Head will serve 34 months in federal prison in addition to the 12 months he already served in the Fort Hall Justice Center on the same charge for a total of 46 months.
He pleaded guilty to the charges in federal court in May.
According to the plea agreement on November 13, 2015, Wounded Head drove with friends to buy alcohol. He and his friends left the store with two bottles of Bacardi rum and went to the Ferry Butte area on the Rez. There he drank a bottle of rum. He then drove his friends back to a Fort Hall residence and proceeded to drive home. At approximately 2:50 a.m. at the intersection of Hawthorne and Cemetery Roads, Wounded Head’s 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche crossed the center line and crashed head on into a Chevrolet Tahoe killing both Osborne and Stump. Wounded Head’s Avalanche was traveling between 59 and 61 miles per hour at the time of the crash and the posted speed limit is 45 miles per hour in the area.
Wounded Head’s blood alcohol level was 0.216 percent that is far in excess of the legal limit.
Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Wounded Head to pay $13,480 in restitution to the victim’s families and ordered that he be on supervised release for three years following his prison sentence.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Fort Hall Police investigated the case.