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South Dakota man gets jail, probation in Nebraska ATV crash

December 11, 2018

HARTINGTON, Neb. (AP) — A South Dakota man accused of drinking alcohol before the fatal Nebraska crash of an all-terrain vehicle has been sentenced to 180 days in jail and five years of probation.

Cedar County District Court records say 27-year-old Derrik Nelson was sentenced Monday. He’d pleaded no contest to vehicular homicide and false reporting. Prosecutors dropped manslaughter and other charges in exchange.

The records say Nelson was driving the ATV after drinking for several hours before the June 2017 crash near Fordyce that killed his passenger, Jessi Anderson, a South Dakota State University student.

Prosecutors also dropped an accessory charge filed against Nelson’s father, J. Douglas Nelson. Prosecutors say he dismantled the ATV to hide evidence. He’d said he was merely repairing damage he’d noticed.

The two men live in Yankton, South Dakota.

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