Man accused in Rapid City shooting death takes plea deal
Less than two weeks before he was expected to go to trial, the man accused in the fatal shooting of Clinton Farlee pleaded guilty Thursday.
Maricelo Garcia, 22, appeared in Pennington County court to hear the new charges agreed upon by the defense and state.
Garcia pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter on the conditions that his sentence does not exceed 45 years in jail. The maximum sentence of a person convicted of first-degree manslaughter is life in prison.
Garcia could still see the maximum sentence if Judge Jane Pfeifle deems the plea agreement insufficient.
He was originally charged with first-degree murder alongside Cierra Walks, 19, who is charged with accessory to murder. In 2018, the two alleged they were not arrested legally on Indian land but their motion to suppress the evidence gathered in their arrest was denied.
Walks is still set to go to trial March 4-7, 2019.
Garcia’s sentencing is scheduled for Apr. 18.