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Sturgis Man Sentenced For Car Crash

STURGIS, S.D.— A Sturgis man who was driving drunk and crashed a car injuring his 4-year-old son has been sentenced and is headed to prison. Douglas Richard Daniels, Jr., 29, of Sturgis was indicted by a Lawrence County grand jury June 22, 2022 and charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (Driving Under The Influence–DUI). Case files indicate Daniels was previously convicted of six other DUIs, which enhanced the most recent charge to a Class 4 felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines. Daniels was also charged with child abuse against a minor child, a Class 3 felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison and $30,000 in fines. Daniels pleaded guilty to both charges and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with five years suspended on the felony DUI charge and 15 years in prison, with 10 years suspended on the child abuse charge. The sentences will run concurrently.


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