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GOP legislator seeks death-penalty repeal

By Northern Plains News

State Rep. Steve Hickey, R-Sioux Falls, announced on KSOO-AM’s “Viewpoint University” call-in show Wednesday that he will sponsor a proposed repeal of South Dakota’s death penalty in the upcoming 2014 legislative session.

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Hickey, who is also a pastor, said he’s looked at the reasons why he supported the death penalty in the past and he no longer comes to the same conclusion.

He said there is more support for the repeal among legislators than observers might think.