U.S. District Court

Victoria Wicks

A former employee of the South Dakota Department of Revenue pleaded guilty Monday, Sept. 18, to bank fraud and money laundering. Seventy-year-old Steven Arthur Knigge appeared in federal court in Rapid City before U.S. Magistrate Danetta Wollmann.

In a plea agreement, Knigge admitted to two charges, in exchange for dismissal of more than a dozen others.

SD Department of Corrections

Charles Russell Rhines has been appealing his death sentence for the past 23 years, but his appeals process is coming to an end. Earlier this week, a federal judge denied Rhines' petition for habeas relief based on his contention that he didn't get sufficient representation from his lawyers. Rhines' next step is the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, if he gets permission from the federal court to once again appeal.