Second suspect found guilty in baseball bat beating death

January 18, 2018 GMT

HURON, S.D. (AP) — A Beadle County jury has convicted a man of killing another man with a baseball bat in eastern South Dakota last year.

Kevin Krueger was charged with first-degree murder in the May 2017 beating death of 49-year-old Keith Houck at a rural Cavour home.

The jury convicted him after less than two hours of deliberations Wednesday, following a two-day trial. He faces a mandatory sentence of life without parole when he’s sentenced Friday.

His co-defendant, Jose Vega, of Montevideo, Minnesota, pleaded guilty last year to manslaughter for his role in the killing and is serving a 50-year sentence.