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A Mitchell man has been sentenced to more than one year in prison for attacking a 17-year-old girl last August in Mount Vernon. George Bamsey, 27, was sentenced Monday to five years in prison with three-and-a-half years suspended for aggravated assault. He pleaded no contest to the charge on Dec. 11. Standing a few feet in front of Judge Tim Bjorkman at the Davison County Public Safety Center, Bamsey looked down and shook his head as his sentence was given.
KIMBALL -- Even during the driest months of last year's drought, water fell on Rod Larsen's crops. Larsen, 63, farms corn, beans, wheat, hay and sunflowers, and feeds about 4,000 cattle with his three sons on land north of Kimball. They installed their first pivot irrigation system two years ago and installed three more last year. "It takes a lot of question marks out of the deal," he said. Even when temperatures soared and rain refused to fall last summer, Larsen's crops were getting moisture.
KENNEBEC -- A Presho man accused of kidnapping and abusing his daughter will stay in federal custody even with other charges pending at the state level. On Tuesday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Moreno denied a federal prosecutor's request to temporarily transfer Clint Brown into state custody so he could attend a motions hearing that was scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday in Kennebec for his pending case in Lyman County. Brown, 36, was indicted in August by a Lyman County grand jury for allegedly kidnapping his 10-year-old daughter Aug.
PARKER -- A jury has convicted a Scotland man of killing his infant son. After deliberating Wednesday afternoon and apparently into the evening, a Turner County jury found Chris Miller, 39, guilty of second-degree murder and aggravated assault in connection with the March 2011 death of his four-month-old son Jacob. Second-degree murder carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison. Aggravated assault is punishable with a maximum of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. The jury was given the case around 12:30 p.m.
PARKER -- A jury has convicted a Scotland, S.D., man of killing his infant son. After deliberating Wednesday afternoon and apparently into the evening, a Turner County jury found Chris Miller, 39, guilty of second-degree murder and aggravated assault in connection with the March 2011 death of his four-month-old son Jacob. Second-degree murder carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison. Aggravated assault is punishable with a maximum of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. The jury was given the case around 12:30 p.m.
A fourth person has been arrested in connection with an early morning brawl on New Year's Day in an alleyway behind a bar in downtown Mitchell. Houston Redday, 24, of Mitchell, was arrested Jan.
PIERRE -- A proposed change to South Dakota law would mean juvenile offenders convicted of the most serious crimes could face up to life in prison, but not a mandatory life sentence. The legislation, Senate Bill 39, would bring South Dakota into compliance with a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision by allowing a maximum sentence of life in prison for juveniles convicted as an adult of Class A or Class B felonies. Maricela Diaz, 18, faces multiple charges, including first-degree murder, for her alleged involvement in the death of a 16-year-old Mitchell girl, Jasmine Guevara.
State prosecutors say an accused killer's tossed-out confession should be reinstated in the case of a slain Mitchell girl. The confession is that of Maricela Diaz, who is accused of killing 16-year-old Jasmine Guevara, of Mitchell, in November 2009. First Circuit Judge Tim Bjorkman has excluded statements Diaz made to police after her arrest on Nov. 11, 2009.
PARKER -- Lawyers for a Scotland man accused of killing his infant son continued to present their case to a jury Monday in Parker. Chris Miller, 39, is charged with killing his four-month-old son Jacob by shaking and beating him in March 2011. Miller faces charges of second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and aggravated assault, and could be sentenced to life in prison if he is found guilty. Miller's trial, which began with jury selection Jan. 17, is being held at the Turner County Courthouse in Parker since it was moved out of Bon Homme County by a judge last October.
Since early 2011, Mitchell's eateries have passed more than 97 percent of state health inspections. According to public records newly available online through the South Dakota Department of Health, 305 inspections have been performed at 91 licensed food-service establishments in Mitchell since early 2011. Of those 305 inspections, eight resulted in a failing score -- a pass rate of 97.4 percent. Bill Chalcraft, administrator of the state Office of Health Protection, said the scores in Mitchell are characteristic of what his department is seeing across the state. "There are