- Associated Press - Saturday, January 25, 2020

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A Rapid City man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for fatally stabbing his brother during a drunken argument.

James Ladeaux, Sr., 55, was sentenced Friday. He pleaded guilty last month to second-degree manslaughter, admitting he killed his brother Fred in March.

The Rapid City Journal reported that three years of Ladeaux’s sentence will be suspended and he’ll get credit for the 311 days he’s already spent in jail.

Fred Ladeaux was found dead in an alley on March 18, and James was found next to him crying, with a bottle of vodka at his feet a knife in his hand.

At Friday’s sentencing, Judge Jane Wipf-Pfeifle told Ladeaux that he had much to offer when he was sober, but “this is what happens when we have drugs and alcohol and we carry weapons.”



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