SD Supreme Court: Longer Sentence Okay For Contemptuous Defendant

Jul 26, 2018

Shawn Ross, inmate, SD State Penitentiary
Credit SD Department of Corrections

The South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld a First Circuit judge's decision to increase the sentence of a defendant who flipped him off in the courtroom. The high court heard oral arguments in April. At issue was whether the sentencing hearing had ended before the judge called the defendant back to reevaluate the sentence he had just imposed. SDPB's Victoria Wicks explains.

To read the full opinion, click here:

http://ujs.sd.gov/uploads/sc/opinions/28407dhae758.pdf