Man charged with Rapid City murder pleads guilty to separate charge

News StaffApril 8, 2021News
courtesy Pennington County Sheriff's OfficeJames Jumping Eagle

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The man accused of killing an 82-year old Rapid City woman in February is pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to a federal charge of failing to register as a sex offender.

James Jumping Eagle is also charged with first degree murder in the death of Reta McGovern in her home on Flormann Street on February 10th.

The Pennington County State’s Attorney’s Office can’t prosecute that case until the federal case is completed. That will be after sentencing and that is likely still months away.

Jumping Eagle could get up to ten years in prison on the failure to register charge.