One defendant pleads guilty in slaying


RUSHVILLE, Neb. (AP) — One of two defendants in the slaying of a South Dakota man whose body was found in a lake has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Leonard Rondeau, 21, of Manderson, S.D., faces up to 20 years in prison. He’s set for sentencing next month in Sheridan County District Court.

Rondeau originally was charged with second-degree murder, second-degree assault, felony use of a weapon and third-degree assault. His plea deal with prosecutors also eliminated an unrelated terroristic-threat case.

Officials say Rondeau and Stanley Brown, 26, of Pine Ridge, S.D., killed John Apple III, 21, also of Manderson, on Aug. 4, 2004.

Brown’s trial is scheduled for July 24.

Two anglers found Apple’s body floating in the Nebraska side of Whiteclay Lake, which straddles the Nebraska-South Dakota border on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.


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