prison

Inmates Celebrate Getting Their GED

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-When we hear about prison inmates, a lot of times it’s negative, however on Thursday the State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls highlighted a positive. Around 25 inmates celebrated a big accomplishment, completing their GED. “They’ve had many days of frustrations, disappointing days, struggle and challenges and today is one of the days we get to celebrate some of…

2 South Dakota Men Sentenced for Fentanyl Conspiracy

PIERRE, S.D. – Two South Dakota men have been sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison for trafficking fentanyl from Minnesota. The U.S. attorney’s office says 28-year-old Stuart Siecke, of Worthing, and 37-year-old Dean Bourn, of Vermillion, obtained the narcotic from co-conspirators in Minneapolis for distribution in South Dakota. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid drug much more powerful…

16-Year-Sentence For Crash That Killed Family

RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Porcupine man convicted in a drunken driving crash that killed a family on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation has been sentenced to 16 years in prison. Tyler Makes Him First had earlier pleaded guilty to three involuntary manslaughter charges for the 2017 crash that killed 42-year-old Waylon Red Elk Sr.; his pregnant wife, 34-year-old Jaylene…

Proposed Prison Health Services Expansion in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A growing prison population continues to cause concerns in Sioux Falls, including how to care for the inmates. Governor Dennis Daugaard stressed that issue last week during his farewell speech to lawmakers. Governor Daugaard says he’d like to see $7.4 million dollars allocated to the men’s prison for a new health services building at the Jameson Annex. “I…

Paroled Pups Program

SIOUX FALLS ,S.D.- Some dogs have a difficult time being adopted from the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society because of behavioral issues. So they’re put on “parole” so to speak and sent somewhere where they can receive the extra care and attention they need.   They spend some time at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls. Five inmates…

Man Gets Two Years In Prison For Identity Theft Scheme

PIERRE, S.D. – A Maryland man has been sentenced in South Dakota to two years in federal prison for his role in an identity theft scheme. The U.S. attorney’s office says 38-year-old Victor Sasay was part of a scam that used credit card account information belonging to people across the Midwest to acquire gift cards from multiple stores in the…

Fatal Convenience Store Robber Sentenced To 90 Years

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A man who fatally stabbed a clerk during a robbery at a Rapid City convenience store has been sentenced to 90 years in prison. Eighteen-year-old Carlos Quevedo admitted to stabbing Kasie Lord at the Loaf N’ Jug in January of 2017. Quevedo entered a guilty plea to second degree murder last November. Lord tried to…

Preparing For Life After Prison

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Life may seem to pause when a person is in prison, but the world doesn’t wait for you while you’re behind bars. “The belief is that you’ll kind of jump right back into how life was and that’s not always the case,” said Jay Marchand. Jay Marchand from Lutheran Social Services says if you’re finishing your…

Trump Convenes Experts On Overhaul Of Nation’s Prison System

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is convening a group of governors, criminal justice experts and faith-based leaders to discuss ways of overhauling the nation’s prison system with an eye toward reducing the rate of recidivism. While Trump has put forward a tough-on-crime message his first year in office, the White House views changes to the prison system as an…

Pierre Plumber Accused Of Child Rape Sentenced To Prison

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A Pierre man accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in a home where he had done plumbing work has been sentenced to serve 4 ½ years in prison. Thirty-two-year-old David Timmons in June pleaded no contest to an attempted rape charge stemming from the December 2015 incident, and prosecutors dropped other charges. The Capital Journal…

Brookings Man Sentenced In Large Illegal Drug Case

PIERRE, S.D.- A Brookings man has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for conspiring to distribute large amounts of illegal drugs. Authorities began investigating 20-year-old Luis Cabrera last year when they intercepted packages linked to him that contained more than 2 pounds of heroin and about 5 pounds of meth. U.S. Attorney Randolph Seiler says Cabrera pleaded…

Iowa Woman Gets 10 Years In Prison For Neglecting Ailing Son

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – An eastern Iowa woman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for neglecting her ailing son. Online court records say 30-year-old Valarie Clark also was fined $7,500 at her hearing Thursday in Scott County District Court. The judge suspended the fine. The Eldridge woman had pleaded guilty to neglect or abandonment of a dependent person….

1 Hostage Dead, Another Alert At Delaware Prison

nbcphiladelphia.com SMYRNA, Del. (AP)– Delaware prison officials say one hostage is dead and a second is alert and talking after authorities went into a building at the state’s largest prison where inmates took staff members hostage. Officials announced in a statement Thursday morning that the building where the disturbance occurred at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center is now secure….

SF Woman Sentenced To 25 Years In Prison For The Death Of 2-Year-Old Foster Child

A Sioux Falls woman accused of killing her 2-year-old foster child in January of last year has been sentenced to 25 years in prison. As part of a plea deal, Mary Beth Jennewein pleaded guilty to aggravated battery of an infant. Jennewein was originally charged with 2nd degree murder and alternate counts of manslaughter in the death of Miles Stead….

Frederick McAbee Agrees To 50 Years In Prison

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A man accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in Sioux Falls has agreed to serve at least 50 years in state prison. 42-year-old Frederick McAbee pled guilty to second degree rape and commission of a felony rape with a firearm in Minnehaha County court this afternoon. McAbee was originally charged with 16 counts including attempted murder…