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Briley Piper Death Sentence Upheld

SD Department of Corrections

The South Dakota Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the conviction of the state's last death-row inmate.

Briley Piper has been appealing his death sentence since January 2001, when he pleaded guilty to murder and other felonies.

In this latest appeal, Piper claims he received flawed legal advice. But justices denied his request for a reversed conviction.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this report.

Rapid City freelancer Victoria L. Wicks has been producing news for SDPB since August 2007. She Retired from this position in March 2023.