A South Dakotan admitted shooting and killing three people, while wounding another two.
Francis Lange (43), pleaded guilty to three counts each of murder and aggravated assault on Wednesday, according to KELO TV. The sentencing date is set for 24 July. The prosecution does not seek the death penalty.
Lange confessed in court that he went into a house in Scotland, South Dakota on November 9, 2021 and shot everyone inside. Lange’s ex-girlfriend Angela Monclova was among the dead, as well as her father Librado Monclova and Diane Akins. The shootings were survived by a 5-year-old and an adult.
South Dakota Attorney general Marty Jackley stated that Lange will be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole under the plea agreement, but will also receive mental health treatment.
Josette Lindahl, a psychiatrist, testified that she met with Lange three times and diagnosed him as having schizoaffective disorders. She also said that alcohol and other substances exacerbated his symptoms.