Nebraska man convicted in kidnapping of South Dakota woman who was later murdered

April 1, 2021

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska man has been found guilty of helping kidnap a South Dakota woman who was later killed on the Santee Sioux Indian Reservation in Nebraska.

Federal prosecutors said 50 year-old Ramon Simpson of Norfolk, Nebraska was convicted Wednesday in the November 2018 kidnapping of Phyllis Hunhoff.

Because the kidnapping resulted in Hunhoff’s death, Simpson faces a mandatory life sentence.

Prosecutors said Simpson and another man abducted Hunhoff in Utica, South Dakota. A

fter they took the woman to Norfolk, Simpson left before the other man took her to the reservation where she was killed and her body set on fire.

The other man was convicted of murder last year.