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.


75° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

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

SF Drug Ring Involved 220 lbs. Of Marijuana

8/27/2014 5:48 PM

Her boyfriend was killed during a botched robbery in December in northwest Sioux Falls. Faith Rasmussen and her mother, Theresa, have now pleaded guil...

Full Story | Watch
SF Mother, Daughter Admit To Large Drug Conspiracy

8/27/2014 10:54 AM

Faith Rasmussen, 21, and her 55-year-old mother Theresa Rasmussen admit they were bringing marijuana from California to South Dakota and distributing ...

Full Story
Lead Woman Pleads Guilty To Having Sex With Child

8/30/2014 11:39 AM

A Lead woman has pleaded guilty to having sex with a 12-year-old boy.

Full Story
Speeding Suspect Arrested For Auto Theft, Other Charges

8/27/2014 10:05 PM

Sioux Falls Police have a man in custody after a driver attempted to elude authorities during a traffic stop.

Full Story
High School Football Scoreboard: Aug. 29

8/29/2014 11:00 PM

South Dakota Football Aberdeen Central 7, Sioux Falls Washington 6 Aberdeen Roncalli 42, Redfield/Doland 0 Alcester-Hudson 34, Baltic 6 And...

Full Story


Events