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Briley Piper, of Anchorage, Alaska, is taken to a hearing in Deadwood on April 17, 2007. In a ruling released Thursday,, the South Dakota Supreme Court upheld Piper's death sentence for the March 2000 killing of 19-year-old Chester Allan Poage near Spearfish. The high court also rejected Piper's request to withdraw his earlier guilty plea. (AP Photo/Rapid City Journal, Seth A. McConnel)

SD high court upholds Briley Piper death penalty

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By Chet Brokaw


PIERRE (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court on Thursday upheld an Alaska man's death sentence in the 2000 torture and killing of a Spearfish man who begged for mercy, noting the defendant bragged about the slaying.

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