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Domestic assault defendant accused of witness tampering

November 8, 2018

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Sioux Falls man accused of domestic assault is facing additional charges of witness tampering.

Authorities say 34-year-old Nicholas Beesley tried to get the victim, a recovering addict, to relapse so she couldn’t testify against him in court because she would be in jail or in treatment.

A Minnehaha County grand jury indicted Beesley on charges of witness tampering, violating a protection order and criminal solicitation of a felony. Beesley has pleaded not guilty. He was arrested in March on charges of domestic assault and ordered to have no contact with the victim. She told law enforcement Beesley had called her several times from jail.

The Argus Leader says Beesley pleaded guilty to manslaughter in 2006 for fatally shooting a 22-year-old man. He was sentenced to five years in prison.

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Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com

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