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Attorney General Marty Jackley

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:    Wednesday, January 9, 2019 

CONTACT:  Tim Bormann (605) 773-3215



PIERRE, S.D. –  Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg and Gregory County State’s Attorney Amy Bartling announce that Chance Glenn Harruff, 48, Hamill, was sentenced to life in the South Dakota State Penitentiary today at the Gregory County Courthouse in Burke, South Dakota. 


On November 1, 2018, Harruff was convicted of 2nd Degree Murder for the death of Kristi Olson, a 38-year old mother of seven who was found dead in her home in Dallas, South Dakota on June 1, 2017.  The charge is a Class B Felony that carries a mandatory life sentence. 


In addition, Harruff was given credit for 587 days served and ordered to pay court costs, funeral expenses, witness, transcript and court appointed attorney fees, and costs of prosecution including medical expenses, and Winner City Jail expenses.


Harruff remains in the custody of the Gregory County Sheriff pending his transportation to the state penitentiary.


“This has been a tragic case of domestic violence and murder,” said Ravnsborg, “Hopefully the family of Ms. Olson receives some degree of closure knowing that justice was served and the defendant received a life sentence and will not be free to harm anyone ever again.”


This case was investigated by the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, the Gregory County Sheriff’s Office, the Gregory Police Department and was prosecuted by the Gregory County State’s Attorney and the Attorney General’s Office.