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A Piedmont man will spend seven years in federal prison after repeatedly harassing and threatening to kill three female relatives over phone calls, texts and Facebook messages. 

Larry Wenthold was sentenced Tuesday at the federal court in Rapid City after pleading guilty to making threatening communications and repeated phone calls, court records show.

In return for the guilty plea, prosecutors dropped three counts of stalking and two other threatening communications charges. 

Wenthold, who sent the messages to South Dakota while he was living in Minnesota, harassed the family between April 7 and April 27, 2016, according to the factual basis document he signed. In the messages, he threatened to hurt or kill the women, their family members and others if one of the women didn't respond to him within a certain time. 

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— Contact Arielle Zionts at arielle.zionts@rapidcityjournal.com

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