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Gregory County man indicted for murder in death of infant

PIERRE -- Attorney General Marty Jackley and Gregory County State's Attorney Amy Bartling announced today that Adam Joel Bruns, 20, Gregory, was indicted March 7 by a Gregory County grand jury. Bruns was indicted on alternate counts of second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter. In addition, he was indicted on two alternative counts of aggravated assault and felony child abuse. 

The penalty for second-degree murder is a mandatory life sentence in the state penitentiary. The maximum penalty for first-degree manslaughter is a life sentence in the state penitentiary. Aggravated assault and felony child abuse are both class 3 felonies and carry maximum penalties of 15 years and/or $30,000 fines.

The indictment charges that on or about Feb. 25, Adam Bruns caused the death of 3-month-old Levi Bruns.

Adam Bruns is presumed innocent until such time as proven guilty. The investigation is being conducted by the Gregory County Sheriff’s Office and the state Division of Criminal Investigation. Gregory County State's Attorney Amy Bartling and the Attorney General’s Office are prosecuting the case.