Sioux Falls Homeless Man Sentenced
November 06, 2013 6:03 PM
A homeless man will spend the rest of his life in the South Dakota State Penitentiary without the chance of parole. Wednesday, a Minnehaha County Jury found Eugene “Eddie” Martin guilty of First-Degree Murder.
On May 12 of last year, Martin, Clint Cottonwood and Robert Thunder Hawk were drinking at a campsite in a wooded area on Cliff Avenue. According to prosecutors, Thunder Hawk was making comments about Martin’s girlfriend which led to a fight.
Martin beat Thunder Hawk, then decided to finish him off with a blow to the head with a shovel. Prosecutors say this showed premeditation. The jury agreed, convicting Martin of First-Degree Murder.
“It was really a relief for Robert’s family. He has a lot of family back in Pine Ridge and they were very thankful and happy for the verdict the Jury returned,” said Deputy State’s Attorney, Crystal Johnson.
Clint Cottonwood testified against Martin. In a deal with prosecutors, he pleaded guilty to First-Degree Manslaughter and faces up to 25 years in prison.