SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Prosecutors in Minnehaha County are working to win the release of a man accused in a kidnapping and armed robbery case.
Landon Hale agreed to plead guilty to charges in exchange for his testimony against two other men charged in the 2016 case. A judge this spring rejected the agreement, calling Hale a dangerous criminal that belongs behind bars. The Argus Leader (http://argusne.ws/2r5zSdk ) reports the judge’s decision was appealed to the South Dakota Supreme Court, putting prosecutors in the position of advocating for the release of a violent offender.
The other two defendants ended up pleading guilty and Hall’s testimony wasn’t needed. But, from the prosecution’s perspective, a deal is a deal.
The state’s attorney office has filed a legal challenge with the Supreme Court last month seeking to reinstate the plea deal.
Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com