Colorado Man Sentenced For South Dakota Reservation Slaying

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A Colorado man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for killing a woman on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation during an argument in September 2016.

Thirty-seven-year-old Orlando de Macias initially was charged with second-degree murder in the death of 34-year-old Annie Colhoff, who was shot in Pine Ridge village. He eventually pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter.

Prosecutors recommended a five-year prison sentence, on Tuesday, citing victim misconduct because Colhoff had pursued de Macias and cut him in the leg with a knife.

Federal Judge Jeffrey Viken decided five years wasn’t enough because he said de Macias had intended to kill Colhoff, not just defend himself.

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