User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


77° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Dottie Poage: Piper Deserves Death Penalty

September 1, 2009, 5:55 PM by Karla Ramaekers

Dottie Poage: Piper Deserves Death Penalty
He doesn't deny he had a hand in killing Chester Allan Poage nine years ago near Spearfish, but Briley Piper says he doesn't deserve to die. That was a judge's original sentence after Piper pleaded guilty to murder, but the state Supreme Court recently overturned it.

Twenty-nine-year-old Briley Piper took his appeals to the Supreme Court, which decided the judge was not clear with Piper that in death penalty cases just one person on a 12-member jury can spare his life.  While he could now receive life in prison, the victim's mother says that's not enough to avenge her son's death.

An emotionless Briley Piper made his way to a Lawrence County courtroom Tuesday to begin the re-sentencing process for his role in killing Chester Allan Poage in 2000.

Karla Ramaekers: Do you have anything to say, Briley?
Briley Piper: No, not really.

The victim's mother does have something to say. Dottie Poage was in court wearing one of her son's shirts and says seeing Piper reminds her of the horrible details of his death.

"It was exactly what I expected it to be. He walks on this earth and it's something I have to live with every day," Poage said.

The trial to decide whether Piper will live or die will begin on April 5 with jury selection. Lawrence County State's Attorney John Fitzgerald says regardless of who hears the case, the evidence justifies the need for a death sentence.

"I'd characterize it as extremely brutal.  One of the most brutal crimes probably in the history of the state of South Dakota," Fitzgerald said.

That's something Poage believes a jury will agree with, even if it means dragging the case out for a decade.

"I have to accept that that's the way the system works, and he has that right for that trial, but I also trust in God, I trust in my attorney and I trust in the system that the verdict will be what's correct because of the crime," Poage said.

The crime that took her son's life and for which she'll continue the quest for justice.

"He's no longer here to fight for his own rights and that's where I trust in the system that they will do that for my son," Poage said.

Previous Story

Next Story


RELATED STORIES


 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

You may also like

16-Year-Old Sioux Falls Teen Found

9/15/2014 10:53 AM

According to Sioux Falls Police, 16-year-old Piper Hyser was found Sunday afternoon.

Full Story
Vikings' Peterson Indicted For 'Reckless Or Negligent Injury To A Child'

9/12/2014 4:14 PM

According to reports, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted in Texas for ‘reckless or negligent injury to a child.&rs...

Full Story
Sioux Falls Officer Injured In Vehicle Crash

9/12/2014 10:55 AM

A Sioux Falls Police Officer was taken to the hospital by ambulance after a crash on his motorcycle this morning.

Full Story
Investigation At Canton Computer Business

9/17/2014 1:18 PM

Law enforcement are involved in a search at a Canton business.

Full Story
Freeman Forfeits But Fights On

9/11/2014 10:00 PM

It looks like business as usual for the Freeman Flyers, running through drills and working on technique, but this week is anything but.

Full Story | Watch


Events