- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Florida man accused of killing his girlfriend in 1989 in South Dakota has avoided serving prison time after pleading no contest to a second-degree manslaughter charge.

Kim Aune from Florida’s Lee County on Wednesday received a suspended sentence of 10 years.

The 57-year-old had an agreement that dismissed a first-degree murder charge. An attorney for Aune says he wanted to secure his freedom “first and foremost.”

Aune was charged last year in the 1989 death of 21-year-old Kimberly Eidsness. The coroner at the time ruled her death a suicide, but authorities say another coroner changed the cause of death to undetermined decades later after new evidence was discovered.

The Argus Leader reports that dozens of Eidsness’ relatives attended the hearing. Judy Perrigo, her mother, tells the newspaper that Aune has “never so much as made an apology.”

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