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Codington County Man Sentenced in First Degree Manslaughter Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Wednesday, March 21, 2018

CONTACT:  Sara Rabern (605) 773-3215 

PIERRE, S.D. - Attorney General Marty Jackley and Codington County States Attorney Rebecca Morlock Reeves confirm that Alexis Javier Velazquez-Sanchez, Watertown, 31, pled guilty to one count of first degree manslaughter, Class C felony, and was sentenced today to 50 years with 10 suspended in the state penitentiary. 

“This case has resulted in a tragic loss of a young teenager for a family and the Watertown community,” said Jackley. “The hope is this sentence will bring some closure to the family in this very difficult case.” 

Charges stem from an incident outside a Watertown residence that resulted in Velaquez-Sanchez shooting and killing a Watertown teen.

This case was investigated by Codington County Sheriff’s Office, Watertown Police Department and the Division of Criminal Investigation and prosecuted by the Codington County States Attorney and the Attorney General’s Office.