Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Highmore Man Gets Jail, Probation For Fatal Punch

A 19-year-old Highmore man will serve six months in jail and be on probation for 15 years for killing a Gettysburg teen with a punch to the head.Blake Hemminger earlier pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and acknowledged hitting 14-year-old Zach Glaesman in the head during a May 26 street dance in Orient.The blow led to medical complications and Glaesman died June 7 in a Sioux Falls hospital.In exchange for Hemminger's plea, a manslaughter charge was dismissed.He was given a 15-year suspended prison sentence, must pay tens of thousands of dollars in restitution for medical and funeral costs and talk to young people about the dangers of underage drinking.

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