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Editorial: Penalty of death is applicable in this case

Published 07/21/2010, The Daily Republic

The 2009 death of a Mitchell girl may result in the death of a person who allegedly committed the heinous crime. Jasmine Guevara was killed Nov. 10 near Mitchell in rural Hanson County. Charged with first-degree murder is Alexander Salgado, who is accused of conspiring with a 15-year-old to kill Guevara. Again rises the ugly head of the death penalty. After George Sitts was put to death in South Dakota in 1947, 60 years passed before the state again resorted to capital punishment. Sitts killed two law-enforcement officers during a late-night chase. The man who followed Sitts on the death-penalty roll was Elijah Page, who was killed by lethal injection on July 11, 2007, for his role in a torturous killing of a man near Spearfish in 2000.

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