Man sentenced in drug-related death of Spearfish woman

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The latest on eight people indicted in the drug deaths of two Spearfish residents.

May 16

A defendant in a case involving the drug-related deaths of two Spearfish residents has been sentenced, and another defendant will be sentenced soon.

Duwayne Eric Littlebear, 45, of Spearfish, has been sentenced to 10 years for second-degree manslaughter and 10 years for the distribution of a controlled substance, fentanyl analog. Circuit Court Judge Eric Strawn ordered the sentences to run concurrently.

In February, Littlebear pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting distribution of the drug, which led to the death of Carrera Hall on Jan. 21, 2017. Hall, 23, lived in Spearfish and was the mother of a young child.

Eric Reeder, 37, of Spearfish, has pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree manslaughter. He admitted to supplying the drug that killed Hall and Spearfish resident Troy Kuntz. Kuntz, 38, died Jan. 15, 2017.

Reeder will be sentenced on June 5, 2018. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

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Lawrence County State’s Attorney John Fitzgerald stated, “Fentanyl analog is a controlled substance that has no known medical use and is one of the most lethal substances ever created. Fentanyl analog can be up to a thousand times more lethal than heroin. Fentanyl analog has no legitimate use but is abused by persons to become intoxicated.”

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation handled the case.


March 23

DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) - A Spearfish man indicted with eight others in the drug deaths of two people has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and drug distribution charges.

The Black Hills Pioneer reports that 45-year-old Duwayne Littlebear pleaded guilty this week to second-degree manslaughter in the death of 23-year-old Carrera Hall and distribution of a fentanyl analog to Marcus Pelletier. Sentencing for the felony charges is set for May.

Several other drug charges against Littlebear were dismissed for the guilty pleas. The case stems from an ongoing investigation into the distribution of fentanyl analogs that officials believe contributed to the January 2017 deaths of Hall and 38-year-old Troy Kuntz.

Other suspects associated with the alleged drug ring face charges ranging from first-degree manslaughter to drug counts.

Information from: Black Hills Pioneer,

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