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SD Judge Upholds Sentence In Cab Driver Killing



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A South Dakota judge has upheld the 261-year prison sentence given to a Minnesota man who was 16 when he was involved in the 1996 kidnapping and murder of a Pierre taxicab driver.
    
Shawn Cameron Springer, who is now 32, pleaded guilty in 1996 to kidnapping for his role in the robbery and killing of Michael Hare.
    
Springer will be eligible for parole in 2029, but there is no guarantee he will be released then. He argued his 261-year prison sentence amounts to a life sentence in practice, so it would be struck down. He asked to be resentenced.
    
But after a brief hearing, Circuit Judge Kathleen Trandahl refused to set aside Springer's sentence, saying it was legal.
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