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Spearfish man pleads guilty to manslaughter in drug deaths

April 10, 2018

DEADWOOD — A man charged in relation to the January 2017 drug overdose deaths of two Spearfish residents pleaded guilty to second degree manslaughter and distribution of a controlled substance in regard to each case before 4th Circuit Court Judge Eric Strawn at the Lawrence County Courthouse April 3.

Prior to entering into a four-count plea agreement with the state, Eric Reeder, 37, of Spearfish, faced an 18-count indictment, to which he pleaded not guilty. The other charges, including: eight counts of distribution of a controlled substance; two counts of possession with intent to distribute; one count of keeping a place for use or sale of a controlled substance; and four counts of aggravated assault in relation to overdose victims, as well as an identity theft charge in a separate case, were dismissed in exchange for the guilty plea.

The charges stem from an investigation into the distribution of fentanyl analogs that allegedly contributed to the deaths of Troy Kuntz, 38, and Carrera Hall, 23.

Kuntz was found dead Jan. 15, 2017 in his Spearfish home and Hall was found dead in a rural Spearfish residence Jan. 21, 2017.

Reeder pleaded guilty to charges that are all Class 4 felonies. The maximum penalty on each count is 10 years in the state penitentiary and a $20,000 fine on each count. If the court ran the sentences consecutively, the maximum penalty under the plea agreement would be 40 years in the South Dakota State Penitentiary and an $80,000 fine.

The plea agreement sets forth that the maximum sentence cannot exceed 20 years in the penitentiary.

Reeder is scheduled for sentencing at June 5.

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