FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 6, 2020
PIERRE, S.D. – Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg today announced that Stephen R. Falkenberg, 45, Yankton, has been sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole at a hearing on Monday, March 2, 2020.
Falkenberg was found guilty by a Yankton County jury in January of 2nd Degree Murder, a class B felony as well as 1st degree Manslaughter, a class C felony, both arising from the March 1, 2019 death of 46-year old Tamara LaFramboise of Yankton. LaFramboise’s body was discovered in Menominee County, Michigan, on March 16, 2019.
“This was a horrific crime,” said Ravnsborg. “I am glad we could get justice for the family and keep South Dakota safe by taking this violent killer off the streets.”
The South Dakota Attorney General’s Office handled the prosecution and the investigation was conducted by the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, the Yankton County Sheriff’s Office, and the Yankton Police Department, the FBI, and Michigan authorities.
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