HURON, S.D. (AP) - A Beadle County jury has convicted a man of killing another man with a baseball bat in eastern South Dakota last year. Kevin Krueger was charged with first-degree murder in the May 2017 beating death of 49-year-old Keith Houck at a rural Cavour home. Krueger faces a mandatory life sentence. His co-defendant, Jose Vega, of Montevideo, Minnesota, pleaded guilty last year to manslaughter and is serving a 50-year sentence.
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A Piedmont man who admitted shooting his friend and leaving him paralyzed has been sentenced to serve 30 years in prison. Forty-nine-year-old Michael Wisecarver pleaded guilty late last year to aggravated assault and a weapons charge in the shooting of Chad Arnold in the driveway of his Rapid City home last July. Wisecarver also was ordered to pay about $96,000 in restitution.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The case of a man accused of killing his mother and nephew in Sioux Falls is on hold until the court determines whether he's competent to stand trial. Attorneys for 25-year-old Heath Otto say a doctor has found him incompetent. A hearing will eventually be held on whether Otto is able to understand the case against him. Authorities allege Otto killed his mother, 48-year-old Carol Simon, and his 7-year-old nephew, Brayden Otto, in November 2016.
CANTON, S.D. (AP) - Longtime Lincoln County Sheriff Dennis Johnson says he plans to retire at the end of the year. He's been the top law enforcement official in South Dakota's third-largest county for the past 20 years. The 59-year-old Johnson has served more than 40 years in law enforcement. He says he has no specific plans for his retirement. The public will elect a new sheriff in November.
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