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Madison man pleads guilty in 2016 manslaughter case

A Madison man has pleaded guilty in connection with the 2016 death of a woman. Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced Monday afternoon that Joseph Schmitz, 48, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter, a Class C felony punishable by up to ...

A Madison man has pleaded guilty in connection with the 2016 death of a woman.

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced Monday afternoon that Joseph Schmitz, 48, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter, a Class C felony punishable by up to life in prison and a $50,000 fine.

Schmitz is charged with discharging a pistol during a confrontation with Corina Booth on April 27, 2016, causing Booth's death.

Schmitz's sentencing is scheduled to take place in June. He will responsible for paying any and all fees associated with the case, as ordered by the sentencing court.

The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, the Lake County Sheriff's Office, the Madison Police Department and the South Dakota Highway Patrol investigated the case.

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