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Brazilian woman sentenced for involuntary manslaughter in ND DUI crash


BISMARCK- A 24-year-old Brazilian woman has been sentenced to about three years in federal prison for operating a vehicle while drunk, hitting a tree, and killing a passenger in a small town in northwest North Dakota.

Paula Cardoso was sentenced for her conviction on involuntary manslaughter Tuesday, Feb. 13, by U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland in Bismarck.

On Sept. 24, 2016, Cardoso was driving the vehicle with an individual in the passenger seat in Parshall on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. Cardoso lost control, hit a school zone sign and then struck the tree.

Cardoso’s blood alcohol content was .130, almost twice the legal driving limit at the time of the accident. The vehicle was determined to be traveling about 40 miles per hour--15 miles per hour over the speed limit.

The case was investigated by the FBI, with assistance from the Three Affiliated Tribes Police Department. Following Cardoso’s sentence, she will pay restitution and have three years of supervised release.