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South Dakota Supreme Court upholds kidnapping, rape case

December 31, 2020 GMT

BISON, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a Bison man serving 70 years in prison for kidnapping and later raping his estranged wife at gunpoint.

KELO-TV reports the state’s high court on Thursday ruled Judge Eric Strawn had given appropriate consideration in setting prison sentences for Richard Seidel.

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A jury last year found Seidel guilty of first-degree kidnapping, second-degree rape, committing a felony while armed and aggravated assault.

The case involved Seidel’s actions November 2, 2017, when he went to his then-wife’s workplace and told a male employee to go to lunch.

The woman testified Seidel then put zip ties around her neck, wrists and ankles. Showing a pistol, he put her in his pickup, went to their home and raped her several times.

The woman testified he later made her drive him to the airport where he left in his private plane. The only witness to any part of it was the other employee who had left.

Seidel claimed the marks made by the ties were part of what is known as “erotic asphyxiation.”