PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld an Onida man’s 2009 first-degree manslaughter conviction in the shooting death of his wife.
Herman Kleinsasser pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of Sharon Kleinsasser. Prosecutors agreed to drop murder charges and seek a prison term of no more than 80 years in the case of Kleinsasser, who has to serve 40 years before he is eligible for parole.
Kleinsasser appealed, arguing that he had ineffective counsel, that the state violated terms of the plea agreement and that errors were made during sentencing. The justices disagreed and upheld the conviction and sentence.
Attorney General Marty Jackley says Kleinsasser willingly entered a guilty plea of guilty and accepted the deal.
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