Trio sentenced in binge drinking death


WATERTOWN (AP) — Three Watertown college students have been sentenced to jail time in the death of a 19-year-old woman who was heavily intoxicated.
An autopsy showed the woman died of “positional asphyxia” last month due to a blood alcohol level of .33 — more than four times the legal limit for driving.
Twenty-one-year-old Kayla Juhnke will spend 11 days in jail for buying alcohol for an underage individual. Nineteen-year-old Brady Johnke was given 29 days in jail for giving the alcohol to the woman who died.
The Argus Leader reported that 19-year-old Logan Schilling was sentenced to 11 days in jail for hosting underage drinking. All three must pay restitution and funeral expenses and must make a presentation to high school students on the dangers of binge drinking.

Former Parkston prep coach        sentenced for  stealing from team

OLIVET (AP) — A Sioux Falls man convicted of embezzling from the Parkston High School football team while serving as coach will spend about 2 ½ months in jail. Thirty-year-old Tony Axtell pleaded no contest in February to embezzling about $9,500 in the fall of 2015.
The team’s checking account held donations for jerseys, equipment and team activities. Axtell was accused of moving money to his personal and work accounts, and using some of it to buy jerseys for a women’s rugby team in Sioux Falls.
The Daily Republic reported that Axtell was sentenced this week to five years in prison with all but 75 days suspended. He was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay $3,375 in restitution.

Man accused of            scalding infant gets          10-14 years in prison

HARTINGTON, Neb. (AP) — A man accused of scalding a year-old infant has been given 10 to 14 years in a Nebraska prison.
Court records say 22-year-old River Malatare was sentenced Monday in Cedar County District Court in Hartington. He’d pleaded no contest to attempted intentional child abuse and guilty to an unrelated charge of failing to register as a sex offender.
The records say Malatare lived in Yankton, and had been staying with the child’s mother. He was baby-sitting the girl in March 2015 when she was scalded. He told a nurse at a Yankton hospital that he didn’t know the bath water he’d drawn was so hot.
South Dakota records say Malatare was convicted in 2014 of statutory rape of a teenager.

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