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2 more former Mitchell Legion baseball players enter plea deals

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KELO) — One year after the crime, three former Mitchell Legion baseball players now admit to breaking the law.

An investigation into two rapes at a Rapid City motel ended with 6 members of the Post 18 team facing charges in adult court. Prosecutors say the victims were 16-years old.

Former Mitchell legion baseball player enters plea deal

Two former members of Mitchell Post 18’s Varsity legion baseball team returned to the Pennington County Courthouse Monday.

Carter Miller and Peyton Mandel both plead guilty to one count of being an accessory to a felony. In exchange for their pleas, rape charges will be dropped. 

Accessory to a felony is a class 5 felony, which means the teenagers could face up to 5 years in prison when they’re sentenced.

Despite both Miller and Mandel pleading guilty here, the State’s Attorney was unable to make any comments on this current situation to the public due to a Gag Order that is still in place.

Monday’s hearing comes a week after their former teammate Lincoln Bates pleaded guilty. As part of his plea agreement, Bates agreed to testify in his teammates’ cases.

By accepting a plea deal today, both Miller and Mandel also waived their rights to keep silent.

All three teenagers are scheduled to return to the courthouse on August 13th to be sentenced. 

Hudson Halley, Landon Waddell and Karter Sibson are scheduled to be back in court for a status hearing on July 1st.

Prosecutors have said that juveniles are also charged in connection with the rape investigation. Details on those cases are not being made public.

Written by: The Dam Rock Station

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