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Hill City man sentenced to 10 years in girlfriend's death

RAPID CITY (AP) -- A Hill City man who pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend, who later died, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Courtney Millhouse, 42, was sentenced Tuesday, the Rapid City Journal reported. In September, Millhouse ...

RAPID CITY (AP) - A Hill City man who pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend, who later died, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Courtney Millhouse, 42, was sentenced Tuesday, the Rapid City Journal reported.

In September, Millhouse was charged with manslaughter in the death of Stacy Childers, 42. Under a plea bargain, Millhouse pleaded guilty to aggravated assault but admitted no responsibility for the crime.

"Stacy was my life," Millhouse said. "I always did the best I could for her."

Defense lawyer Eric Whitcher said the cause of Childers's fatal head injury remains in dispute, which prompted Pennington County State's Attorney's Office to negotiate a plea.

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Whitcher argues Childers died with a head injury from a 2015 vehicular accident.

Deputy State's Attorney Wayne Venhuizen alleged that the victim's head injury developed after Millhouse had pushed her against the front passenger window of a vehicle during a dispute in August.

Venhuizen said a friend of the defendant testified under oath that Millhouse had admitted doing so.

Millhouse hasn't confirmed the dispute.

Stephen Hagen, Childers' stepfather, told the Rapid City Journal that his family agreed to a plea deal because they didn't want to risk Millhouse being acquitted at trial.

"We didn't want him to walk away with nothing," he said.

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