- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - A Gillette man convicted of second-murder in the fatal shooting of an acquaintance on Thanksgiving Day could get a new trial after prosecutors agreed the jury at his initial trial was given erroneous instructions.

The Gillette News Record reports (https://bit.ly/2c78pNo ) Todd Sindelar was sentenced to 48 years in prison for the Nov. 28, 2013, death of Matthew Boyer. He was arrested in South Dakota after a high-speed chase.

The 24-year-old man appealed his sentence, claiming prosecutors wrongly instructed the jury to consider Sindelar’s flight from the state after the killing.

Sindelar’s attorneys argued that a 2002 Supreme Court decision classifies a “flight instruction” as a reversible error.

The state Attorney General’s Office has sided with the defense on the issue and asked the court to reverse Sindelar’s conviction and sentence.

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Information from: The Gillette (Wyo.) News Record, https://www.gillettenewsrecord.com


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