Sioux Falls man accused in fatal shooting pleads guilty

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Sioux Falls man accused of accidentally shooting and killing his friend has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter, avoiding a second trial in the case.

Twenty-four-year-old David Randle Jr. in September 2016 was convicted of first-degree manslaughter in the 2015 death of 19-year-old Mikael Ashame. Prosecutors said Randle accidentally shot Ashame while under the influence of drugs. Randle was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

The South Dakota Supreme Court last fall ordered a new trial for Randle, citing improper jury instructions.

The Argus Leader reports Randle was to stand trial again this week, but he pleaded guilty Monday before that could happen.

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