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Parole violation nets accused killer Davidson five years in prison

An accused murderer has already been sentenced to five years in prison, even though the murder case is barely under way. Kent Davidson, 36, is charged with murder in the death of 26-year-old Crystal Schulz, of Mitchell, whose body was found last ...

Kent Davidson

An accused murderer has already been sentenced to five years in prison, even though the murder case is barely under way.

Kent Davidson, 36, is charged with murder in the death of 26-year-old Crystal Schulz, of Mitchell, whose body was found last month in rural Chamberlain. He allegedly committed the crime after walking out on his parole in Rapid City. His sentence for that parole violation was made public Friday.

Davidson had two five-year prison terms -- originally for forgery and second-degree escape -- reimposed this week after his case was reviewed Monday by three members of the South Dakota Board of Pardons and Paroles. Those five-year terms will be served concurrently, or at the same time.

Davidson also lost credit for the five months and six days he was out on parole, which will be added to the end of his sentence. His next parole review date will be in April 2014.

Davidson was originally given a five-year sentence after pleading guilty to forgery in August 2010 in Tripp County. Then, in April 2011, Davidson walked away from a minimum-security unit at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls, but was caught and returned to custody three days later. He then pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree escape and was sentenced to another five years in prison.

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While serving the five-year prison sentence for second-degree escape, Davidson was deemed eligible for the Department of Correction's Community Transition Program. He was transferred to a minimum-security transition center in Rapid City in September as a parolee, not an inmate. He didn't have enough money to get his own housing, so he stayed at the transition center. One day in October, Davidson did not return to the facility.

Davidson has been charged with murder for allegedly shooting Schulz on March 11 and hiding her body at her mother's farmstead in rural Chamberlain. Davidson's and Schulz's Facebook pages say they were engaged to be married.

Davidson was indicted last week by a Brule County grand jury on charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and commission of a felony while armed with a firearm. The indictment was announced Monday by the South Dakota Attorney General's Office.

Davidson was arrested March 15 following a standoff in Sioux Falls after the state Attorney General's Office asked for the public's help in locating him for questioning regarding a homicide investigation into Schulz's death.

Davidson is scheduled to make his initial appearance in court on the new charges later this month.

Crystal Schulz
Crystal Schulz

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