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Man sentenced for rape and murder in western SD

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PENNINGTON COUNTY, S.D. (KELO) — Today a judge in Pennington County sentenced 48-year-old James Jumping Eagle to life in prison for first-degree murder plus 50 years for rape.

On February 10, 2021, Jumping Eagle raped and murdered 82-year-old Reta McGovern in her Rapid City home.

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During today’s sentencing, the Senior Deputy State’s Attorney highlighted Jumping Eagle’s history, including the rape of two other women and the threat he poses to society.

The Judge told Jumping Eagle he “doesn’t deserve to have a day of freedom in your natural life.”

Written by: Badlands Classic Rock

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