POCATELLO – Ruben Wounded Head, III, 19, of Chubbuck, pleaded guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter resulting from a drunk driving crash, Acting U.S. Attorney Rafael Gonzalez, announced.
A federal grand jury in Pocatello indicted Wounded Head in March 2016.
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 an area on the Fort Hall reservation known as Ferry Butte. There, Wounded Head drank one bottle of rum. Wounded Head then drove his friends back to a residence on the reservation and then proceeded to drive home. At approximately 2:50 a.m., at the intersection of Hawthorne Road and Cemetery Road, Wounded Head’s 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche crossed the centerline and crashed head-on into a Chevrolet Tahoe, killing both occupants Garrett Osborne and Jessica Stump in the Tahoe.
Wounded Head’s Avalanche was traveling between 59 – 61 miles per hour at the time of crash. The posted speed limit in the area is 45 miles per hour.
The charge of involuntary manslaughter is punishable by up to eight years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000 and up to three years of supervised release.
Sentencing is August 2, before Chief U.S. District B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Pocatello.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Fort Hall Tribal Police investigated the case.