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Two Plea Agreements Reached in South Dakota Murder Case

In a recent update, it has been revealed that two individuals have reached plea agreements in the murder case of George Cornoyer Jr., a Wagner, South Dakota resident who was found dead in his home on December 21st, 2020.

According to court documents, an autopsy determined that Cornoyer’s cause of death was blunt force injuries.

Nine months after the incident, Alexis Stella Rosa, a Texas man, and Justina Tuttle, a Niobrara, Nebraska woman, were indicted on charges of second-degree murder and assault.

The court documents state that the pair beat Cornoyer with a hammer and a baseball bat.

Initially, both Rosa and Tuttle pleaded not guilty to the charges in January of last year.

However, Tuttle changed her plea in May to guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury and assault with a dangerous weapon.

As a result, the second-degree murder charge was dropped, and she was sentenced to over six years in federal prison.

Just yesterday, Rosa also changed her plea to guilty, this time to second-degree murder.

Under this plea agreement, the assault charges were dropped, and she now faces a sentence of life in prison.

This case has shocked and saddened many in the South Dakota community.

We will continue to keep you informed about any further updates as they become available.

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