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Blood alcohol level a possible record

RAPID CITY — South Dakota authorities said Wednesday that Marguerite Engle — found passed out, slumped over the steering wheel in a stolen delivery van last month — registered a blood alcohol content of .708, nearly nine times the legal limit and a possible record for the state.

Authorities said that Miss Engle missed an initial court hearing Dec. 15, but that they found her Monday in another stolen vehicle and she had been drinking. Authorities do not have results of the blood alcohol test for the second incident.

Meade County State’s Attorney Jesse Sondreal said the highest blood alcohol content that state chemists he spoke with could recall was a .56. The state’s legal limit is .08.

Miss Engle was being held on two counts of driving under the influence. It wasn’t immediately clear whether she was facing other charges. Her attorney declined comment.


Man pleads guilty to 1982 killing

BARRE | Theodore Caron, 47, of Barre, has admitted in a plea deal to killing an 18-year-old girl in 1982.

Caron was arrested in February in the strangulation of Pamela Brown after a DNA sample linked him to the slaying. Brown was strangled with a cord from her blouse.

He initially pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. On Wednesday, he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree murder, punishable by a 15-to-35-year sentence, but Caron’s attorney said he is likely to become eligible for release in less than seven years, based on 1982 sentencing rules.

The state parole board would determine whether to release Caron once he become eligible.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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