The Dell Rapids man who organized a botched drug robbery that ended in murder will spend 60 years in prison.
Kevin James Rice, 21, avoided a mandatory life sentence in July by pleading guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the death of Jordan LeBeau of Sioux Falls and agreeing to testify against his co-defendants.
“I would like to apologize for my involvement in the action that happened on Dec. 2, 2013,” Rice told the court Friday before hearing his sentence. “It’s something that every day I wish I could go back and change.”
Rice admitted showing Watertown teens Brian David Anderson and Trevor Kruthoff where LeBeau, his former business partner, lived.
Rice supplied Anderson and Kruthoff with the handgun used to shoot LeBeau and his father, Jason LeBeau, who survived.
Randy Sample, a deputy Minnehaha County state’s attorney, said Rice pointed out LeBeau’s home and told the teens if they wanted to go through with the robbery “now was the chance.”
Anderson, 19, is one of two Watertown teenagers who carried out a failed drug robbery in December 2013 that ended in the shooting death of LeBeau. He was sentenced to 50 years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to aggravated assault and first-degree manslaughter charges late last year.
Douglas Scholten followed a drug-fueled path that eventually landed him in court facing life in prison for his role in a botched drug robbery that ended in murder.
On Friday, a judge gave him the chance to send other misguided youth on another path.
Judge Bradley Zell chose redemption over incarceration — suspending all 30 years of Scholten’s prison sentence. He faced life in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of 19-year-old Jordan LeBeau.
“I don’t expect anything but good things from you Mr. Scholten,” Zell said. “I want you to work toward that one word I mentioned: redemption.”
Kruthoff was 17 years and eight months old when he shot and killed 20-year-old Jordan LeBeau and wounded his father in their home on North Alaska Avenue in Sioux Falls.