YANKTON, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota man convicted of shooting and killing his girlfriend is appealing the verdict and sentence.
Nicholas Hines, of Yankton, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and received a 100-year prison sentence. The 30-year-old Hines would be eligible for parole in 50 years.
Hines acknowledged in court that he fired a gun that killed his girlfriend, 25-year-old Brianna Marie Knoll, last April. He said the gun discharged accidentally.
A blood test after the shooting showed that Hines had a blood-alcohol level three times above the legal limit for driving.