You have permission to edit this article.
Man gets 60 years in prison for fatal South Dakota beating

Man gets 60 years in prison for fatal South Dakota beating


RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to fatally beating a retired teacher with a baseball bat was sentenced in Pennington County Thursday to 60 years in prison.

Thirty-one-year-old Andrew Eastman earlier pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in a deal with prosecutors.

Eastman was a work release prisoner when he walked away from his job at the Rapid City landfill, stole a truck, went to the home of 64-year-old Larry Mintzlaff and beat him to death with a baseball bat in June 2017, KOTA-TV reported.

Eastman said he had been drinking and went to Mintzlaff’s house to get a ride and doesn’t remember how the killing happened.

Eastman was originally charged with murder and could have been sentenced to death if convicted of that charge.

Investigators zeroed in on Eastman as a suspect after finding a letter he wrote to Mintzlaff in his home. They tracked him to New Mexico by tracing Mintzlaff’s stolen cell phone and credit cards.

A fugitive task force arrested him after finding him driving Minztlaff’s stolen blue Ford Focus in Albuquerque. Police later found a baseball bat and clothing covered in blood in the car.

South Dakota teen gets 55 years for killing of Wyoming girl
Fordyce man sentenced to prison for stabbing, chase
Latest Woodbury County court report
UPDATED: Pathologist confirms Sioux City homicide victim was strangled

For copyright information, check with the distributor of this item, KOTA-TV.


Be the first to know

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

Most Popular

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.


News Alerts

Breaking News