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State Supreme Court overturns kidnapping conviction

PIERRE (AP) -- The state Supreme Court has reversed the kidnapping conviction of a man who drunkenly pulled a Sioux Falls woman down the block. The high court in an opinion released Thursday remanded the case. In 2014, Jeremiah Liaw removed Sioux...

PIERRE (AP) - The state Supreme Court has reversed the kidnapping conviction of a man who drunkenly pulled a Sioux Falls woman down the block.

The high court in an opinion released Thursday remanded the case.

In 2014, Jeremiah Liaw removed Sioux Falls resident Angela Calin from her property and pulled her about a block before trying to push her into traffic. He had a blood-alcohol content of 0.38, about five times the legal driving limit.

Liaw appealed his 2015 conviction for second-degree kidnapping. The court agreed with Liaw's contention that prosecutors were required to prove he intended to injure or terrorize Calin.

Liaw's lawyer had argued in part that he was too intoxicated to have that purpose in mind. The attorney didn't immediately return a telephone message requesting comment.

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