- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 15, 2017

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) - A man from western South Dakota likely will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing his ex-girlfriend and his roommate.

Thirty-three-year-old Berton Toavs was sentenced Wednesday to 210 years in prison.

Toavs pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree manslaughter in the shooting deaths of Eliza Edgins and Nathan Gann at Toavs’ home in Faith last April. The Rapid City Journal (https://bit.ly/2nbtAGz ) reports the offense was punishable by up to life in prison.

Toavs received 110 years for Edgins’ death and 100 years for Gann’s death, to be served back-to-back. Toavs will be eligible for parole only after serving 120 years, effectively making it a life sentence.

Toavs said he got angry with Edgins after she said she intended to leave the state with Gann that day.


Information from: Rapid City Journal, https://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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