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The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office water rescue team searches Pactola Reservoir for Gabby Fisher, 33, who was thrown overboard when a personal watercraft piloted by Jody Kreycik collided with the boat she was riding in.

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A judge denied a former Army soldier’s request for a sentence change Monday, almost two years after being sent to prison for killing a Rapid City woman in a drunken boating accident at Pactola Reservoir.

Jody Kreycik, 31, of Nebraska, was given five years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree manslaughter and boating under the influence in the death of Gabrielle Fisher, 33, in August 2015. Kreycik asked 7th Circuit Judge Jeff Davis to reissue a suspended sentence, saying this would allow him to receive full veteran benefits to treat a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder obtained during his military service, according to court documents.

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Pennington County prosecutors opposed the request, with Deputy State’s Attorney Josh Satterlee saying Kreycik’s arguments for a modified sentence were points already brought up during his sentencing in March 2016. Kreycik is serving time at Mike Durfee State Prison in Springfield and will be eligible for parole on Feb. 16.

Contact Tiffany Tan at tiffany.tan@rapidcityjournal.com.

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Cops and Courts Reporter

Cops and courts reporter for the Rapid City Journal