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Attorney General Jason R. Ravnsborg

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Sanborn County Man Pleads to First Degree Manslaughter

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Tuesday, January 03, 2017     
CONTACT:  Sara Rabern (605) 773-3215

PIERRE, S.D. –  Attorney General Marty Jackley and Sanborn County States Attorney Jeffrey Larson announced today that Matthew Walter Novak, 33, Woonsocket, pled guilty to manslaughter in the first degree, class C felony, punishable by up to life imprisonment in the state penitentiary and/or $50,000 fine.
On August 31, 2016, Novak stabbed and killed Jennifer Ann Gibson at their place of residence located in Woonsocket.
A sentencing hearing date has not yet been set.
This case was investigated by the Sanborn County Sheriff’s Office and the Division of Criminal Investigation and prosecuted by the Sanborn County States Attorney and the Attorney General’s Office.