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South Dakota Teens Reached Plea Deal after Rape Case during Baseball Tournament: Prosecutors

South Dakota Teens Reached Plea Deal after Rape Case during Baseball Tournament: Prosecutors

All the individuals from the Mitchell Legion Baseball team involved in the alleged rape incident during a tournament last year have now entered their pleas.

Following an investigation into two incidents of rape at a Rapid City motel last summer, six members of the Post 18 team are now facing charges in adult court. The victims were reported to be 16 years old, according to prosecutors.

On Monday, the final three former members of Mitchell Post 18’s Varsity Legion baseball team made their way back to the Pennington County Courthouse.

Landon Waddel, Hudson Haley, and Karter Sibson have all admitted their guilt in connection with a felony as accessories. Rape charges will be dropped in exchange for their pleas.

The teenagers could potentially face up to 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for being an accessory to a felony, as it is classified as a class 5 felony.

After the conclusion of the hearings and pleas for the remaining three members in the Mitchell Baseball Player trial case, a sentencing date has been set where all six players will be present in court simultaneously.

The State’s Attorney refrained from providing any comments on the ongoing situation, as a gag order remains in effect, even though all 6 individuals have now pleaded guilty.

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Monday’s hearing follows the recent guilty pleas of their former teammates Carter Miller, Payton Mandel, and Lincoln Bates. As part of their plea agreements, they also agreed to provide testimony in their teammates’ cases.

By agreeing to a plea deal on Monday, all six individuals forfeited their rights to remain silent and to call or confront witnesses.

The six teenagers will be returning to the courthouse on August 13th for their sentencing as per KeloLand News.

Prosecutors have stated that individuals under the age of 18 are also facing charges in relation to the ongoing rape investigation. Information regarding those cases is not being disclosed to the public.

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