Elizabeth Regalado

SD Department of Corrections

A South Dakota inmate serving life without parole is asking the South Dakota Supreme Court to overturn his sentence.

Jonathon Klinetobe was charged with masterminding the plot that resulted in the 2015 murder of his former girlfriend in Rapid City.

He agreed to plead guilty to first-degree manslaughter and left it up to the judge to determine his sentence.

At oral arguments on Tuesday, Jan. 12, his attorney said the life sentence violates Klinetobe's Eighth Amendment right against cruel and unusual punishment.

Victoria Wicks has more of this story.

Photo by Victoria Wicks

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