MITCHELL, S.D.–A Mitchell man who pleaded guilty to first degree manslaughter in his wife’s October 2017 death was sentenced to 18 years in prison Tuesday as part of a plea agreement.
Forty one year-old James Brinker killed his 37-year old wife Marie by wrapping her in a blanket, placing her on a mattress, and tying a belt around her head to hold in place a sock that he had put in her mouth.
A medical examiner ruled the death a homicide caused by asphyxia due to suffocation.
In handing down the sentence, Judge Chris Giles said the death was a horrific situation that was emotionally devastating.
James Brinker was given credit for just over two years served in the Davison County Jail.