Judge rejects plea deal in Watertown manslaughter case

July 18, 2022
Mike Tanner


WATERTOWN, S.D.–A Minnesota man was scheduled to be sentenced for manslaughter in Watertown this (Monday) morning—but that did not happen.


Antonio Otero of Lakeville, Minnesota had agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors in the death of Roberta Anderson of Marvin, South Dakota that included dismissal of a Vehicular Homicide charge.


Anderson was killed by Otero in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 212 and 35th Street Circle in Watertown in September 2019.


Today, Judge Robert Spears rejected the sentencing recommendations set out in the plea deal, and said the case will be put back on the calendar trial.


A trial date has not been set.


The South Dakota Attorney General’s office is now assisting with the prosecution of the case.