(SD)- Mandatory Life Sentence For Motel Stabbing Death
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A Rapid City man Wednesday received a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole yesterday for 2nd-degree murder in the stabbing death of a man at a Rapid City hotel in late January. 26-year old Nathan Chase was convicted by a jury last month of killing 60-year old Jeremy Little.
Even though the life sentence was mandatory, Judge Matt Brown let both sides speak. Defense attorney, Ellery Grey objected to the mandatory sentence, saying he understands the law but objects to the nature of the sentence because there is more to Chase than what was presented to the court.
In handing down the sentence, Judge Brown called it a tragedy that one man died and a young father will spend the rest of his life in jail because an argument escalated....adding that Chase has an un-payable debt because of what happened in that motel room that night.
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