45-year sentence ordered in fatal Rapid City shooting

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Rapid City man has been sentenced to 45 years in prison in a fatal shooting that authorities said was motivated by a petty dispute over women.
    
Twenty-two-year-old Maricelo Garcia was sentenced after pleading guilty to first-degree manslaughter in an agreement with prosecutors for killing 20-year-old Clinton Farlee at his Rapid City home in October 2017. Garcia was initially charged with first-degree murder.
    
Before Judge Jane Wipf Pfeifle handed down the sentence Thursday in state court in Rapid City, she told Garcia she was “so tired of sentencing young men who carry weapons” and use them inappropriately.
    
Farlee’s family and friends filled the court room to capacity on Thursday. Some supporters wore matching light blue shirts with Farlee’s photograph on the front.
 

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