SIOUX FALLS | Authorities say a man accused of a killing at a Sioux Falls homeless campsite has reached a plea deal with prosecutors.
53-year-old Clint Cottonwood pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree manslaughter as part of an agreement that caps his possible prison time at 25 years and drops murder and assault charges. The deal removes the possibility of a life sentence.
Cottonwood is one of two men charged in the May 2012 beating death of Robert Thunder Hawk. Authorities say Thunder Hawk was beaten to death with a shovel at homeless campsite after he argued with Cottonwood and 44-year-old Eugene Martin, who also is charged.
Cottonwood's sentencing date has not been set.