A Yankton Sioux Tribal member is going to federal prison after being sentenced for killing his uncle and wounding his cousin.
Dancing Bull Fischer's family spoke out about what they call a senseless crime.
24-year-old Dancing Bull Fischer could have gotten life in prison, but instead, Judge Karen Schreier sentenced him to 17 years in federal prison.
Fischer shot his uncle in the head and wounded his cousin after a night of drinking that led to an argument. Fischer's wife, Sabra Dion, says she still doesn't know why it happened.
"I'm going to miss him and I love him. Everything is still unbelievable to me to this day. He was always happy go lucky. I don't understand what happened," Dion said.
Much of the testimony in court centered on Fischer's good qualities. He was working in the North Dakota oil fields and came back to Marty to celebrate Thanksgiving. Fischer had no criminal record and was never violent.
Fischer's wife is pleased with the sentence.
"I'm pretty glad that the judge had mercy on my husband. He's not a bad person and I'm very proud to be his wife," Dion said.
Fischer's dad, Frank Fischer, was hoping for a shorter sentence. Defense lawyers were asking for ten years.
"I just wish it would be less. It's hard to see my son be gone that long. Even for one day, it's hard. I love my son so much," Frank Fischer said.
Frank Fischer's brother died in the attack and his nephew was severely injured. He says the shooting has torn his family apart.
"I just hope the rest of my nieces and nephews will find it in their hearts to forgive him because our family is real close," Frank Fischer said.
Dancing Bull Fischer had avoided alcohol until he turned 21. And while his family says they'll never know exactly why this tragedy happened, they say it should be a warning to people about the dangers of drinking.
"Young people, when they drink, they really drink a lot," Frank Fischer said.
"Drinking is terrible," Dion said.
Dancing Bull Fischer will be 40 years old when he's released from prison.