- Associated Press - Friday, January 30, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A 21-year-old man who planned a drug robbery that left a former business partner dead has been sentenced to 60 years in prison.

Kevin Rice, of Dell Rapids, was sentenced Friday morning in Sioux Falls. Rice pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in July for his role in the robbery plot against 20-year-old Jordan LeBeau.

Rice admitted to showing Watertown teens Brian Anderson and Trevor Kruthoff where LeBeau lived. He also admitted to giving them the handgun used in the murder.

Rice had been a friend and business partner in LeBeau’s Dell Rapids auto shop. The shop served as a cover for marijuana sales, in which LeBeau and Rice were involved.

Prosecutors dropped about two dozen charges against Rice in exchange for his plea and agreeing to testify against his co-defendants.


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