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Howard v. Bennett  
Date: April 19, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 17
Docket Number: 27851

Justia Opinion Summary: Raymond Bennett, who was intoxicated and driving his motorcycle, entered a curve at a high rate of speed and drove into a ditch. He was killed in the accident. Several Highway Patrol troopers soon arrived to manage the s...

State v. Jensen  
Date: April 19, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 18
Docket Number: 27917

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder and kidnapping. Defendant received concurrent, mandatory life sentences for the convictions. Defendant was fourteen years old when he committed the offen...

State v. Clark  
Date: April 19, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 19
Docket Number: 27925

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, Defendant was convicted of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in Illinois. After he moved to South Dakota, Defendant was indicted on two charges of violating S.D. Codified Laws 22-24B-12, which requires registered...

State v. Krause  
Date: April 12, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 16
Docket Numbers: 27628, 27629

Justia Opinion Summary: Twin brothers Ryan Alan Krause and Brian Michael Krause pleaded guilty to separate complaints alleging grand theft and four counts of unlawfully using a computer. The circuit court sentenced each of the Krauses to four y...

State v. Hopkins  
Date: April 12, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 13
Docket Number: 27886

Justia Opinion Summary: After a court trial, Defendant was found guilty of driving with a .08 percent blood alcohol content. Defendant also pleaded guilty to a part II information alleging that this was his second driving under the influence of...

In re Estate of Finch  
Date: April 12, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 15
Docket Number: 27906

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal from the settlement of the estate of Fred Finch, Dean Anderson, a beneficiary, challenged the award of expenses, disbursements, and attorney’s fees to the personal representative, Coral Headrick. Specifica...

State v. Bingham  
Date: April 12, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 14
Docket Number: 27918

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to sexual contact with a child under the age of sixteen. The circuit court sentenced Defendant to the mandatory minimum sentence of ten years’ imprisonment. Defendant appealed, asking that the Su...

State v. Stanage  
Date: April 5, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 12
Docket Number: 27769

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of driving under the influence. Defendant appealed, arguing that the trial court erred in denying his motion to suppress evidence resulting from a traffic stop, including the results of a blood te...

State v. Charles  
Date: March 29, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 10
Docket Number: 27691

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder and received a mandatory sentence of life in prison. Defendant was fourteen years old when he committed the offense. After the United States Supreme Court issued Miller v. A...

Charlson v. Charlson  
Date: March 29, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 11
Docket Number: 27943

Justia Opinion Summary: Prior to their marriage in 1993, Wife and Husband entered into a pre-marriage agreement (PMA) listing their assets and liabilities. In 2012, Husband sued Wife for divorce in Minnesota. The Minnesota court determined that...

In re Estate of Bronson  
Date: March 22, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 9
Docket Number: 27919

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2003, Lester Bronson executed a power of attorney appointing Leslie “Butch” Bronson - his son - as his attorney-in-fact. In 2010, Lester informed his bank that he wished to add Butch as a joint owner on one of Lester’...

Duerre v. Hepler  
Date: March 15, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 8
Docket Number: 27885

Justia Opinion Summary: Landowners in Day County filed a lawsuit against the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GF&P), Secretary Jeffrey Vonk, the State, and certain unnamed defendants who have used or intend to use the waters and...

Edgar v. Mills  
Date: March 15, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 7
Docket Number: 27891

Justia Opinion Summary: Thomas and Elizabeth Edgar entered into a lease agreement with Boyd and Merlyn Mills concerning land in Faulk County. Under the belief that he had an option to purchase the real estate at the conclusion of the lease term...

State v. Kline  
Date: March 8, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 6
Docket Number: 27916

Justia Opinion Summary: Sueellan Kline and her boyfriend, Douglas Strong, a parolee, lived together in a motel room. Parole agent Connie Johnson went to the motel room to obtain a urine sample from Strong. When Strong’s urine field-tested posit...

Adolph v. Grant County Board of Adjustment  
Date: March 1, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 5
Docket Number: 27884

Justia Opinion Summary: Dustin Nelson filed an application for a conditional-use permit to construct and operate a concentrated animal-feeding operation in Grant County. The Grant County Board of Adjustment voted to approve the application. Ger...

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