SD Man Pleads Guilty To Murder In Beating Death
by Associated Press
November 29, 2012 8:23 AM
A South Dakota man accused of beating another man to death with a baseball bat while the man slept has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.
Prosecutors in return for the plea have dropped first-degree murder charges against 21-year-old Kyle Yankton and will seek a prison term between 23 and 30 years.
Authorities say Yankton entered his ex-girlfriend's house in Pine Ridge on June 30 and beat to death her boyfriend, 23-year-old Pablo Galindo.
Yankton is to be sentenced April 1. If a judge rejects the plea agreement, Yankton could face life in prison.