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Woman who killed husband sentenced to 20 years in prison

March 23, 2019

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A western South Dakota woman convicted of killing her husband has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

The Rapid City Journal reports that 31-year-old Tiffany Janis shot 52-year-old Brian Garrett in February 2018 in front of their two sons at their home in Kyle. Garrett was a police officer with the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Viken on Friday sentenced Janis to 10 years in prison for second-degree murder and 10 years for firing a gun while committing a violent crime. Viken said the actions by Janis had a “tremendous impact” on two large families in a small community.

Janis was originally charged with first-degree murder, which is punishable by life in prison or the death penalty. That charge was dropped as part of a plea deal.

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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