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SD woman given 6 year sentence for manslaughter

PIERRE (AP) -- A St. Francis woman who pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter was sentenced to six years in a federal prison and $13,054 in restitution.

PIERRE (AP) -- A St. Francis woman who pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter was sentenced to six years in a federal prison and $13,054 in restitution.

Thirty-seven-year-old Suzanna Valandra-Neiss was accused of using a vehicle to run down 34-year-old D'Arcy Menard Jr. in December 2009 and was initially charged with second-degree murder.

According to court documents, the two argued and had a physical altercation while driving in Todd County. When their vehicle went into a ditch, Menard began walking down the road. The documents say Valandra-Neiss drove the vehicle out of the ditch, accelerated and struck Menard, causing injuries that led to his death two days later.

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