A Mitchell man who beat a dog to death last July received 90 days in jail on Tuesday.

Dakota News Now reports that 25-year-old Aaron Hacecky was sentenced to 90 days in jail, along with two years of probation on Tuesday, (February 27). In addition to that sentence, Hacecky will no longer be able to own or care for any pets.

According to Dakota News Now, Hacecky was arrested on July 30th of last year after police received a report of a man punching and beating a dog in the backyard of a Mitchell, South Dakota home.

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Officers witnessed Hacecky punching a Black Labrador in the head upon their arrival at the scene. The police report states the dog was chained up, and its mouth, back legs, and front legs were duct-taped. The dog was struggling to breathe as authorities separated Hacecky from the animal.

Police immediately took the dog to a clinic where it eventually passed away.

The Dakota News Now story states the prosecutor in the case made an argument for penitentiary time or a lengthy jail sentence, given Hacecky's lack of remorse and the brutality of the crime. However, the defense attorney cited Hacecky’s lack of a prior criminal record. The defense also said that Hacecky had worked as a therapist at Aurora Plains Academy where he had been assaulted and suffered a head injury prior to the incident with the dog.

The judge eventually handed down the 90-day jail sentence and two-year probation period. During the sentencing, the judge said the incident was not a momentary loss of temper, citing the time it took to duct tape the dog's legs and mouth and the fact that Hacecky admitted to taking breaks in between bouts of beating the dog.

Source: Dakota News Now

The 10 Most Redneck Towns in South Dakota

Are you a 'Redneck?' I guess to some people, all of us in South Dakota are rednecks.

If we use the Jeff Foxworthy Scale of Redneckeness, I have, in fact, been too drunk to fish. So by definition, I am a redneck. And so are many people I know.

Not that being from the country is a bad thing, and it can be fun to poke fun at ourselves.

With that in mind, we found that the folks at RoadSnacks put together a list that claims 'These Are The 10 Most Redneck Cities In South Dakota.'
What is a Redneck?

The dictionary says that a redneck is someone "...who lives in a small town or in the country, especially in the southern U.S., who typically has a working-class job, and who is seen by others as being uneducated and having opinions and attitudes that are offensive."

Well, a few things. First, South Dakota isn't THAT kind of 'south.' We're to the south of North Dakota, but to the north of 'The South.'

Plus that definition sounds awful mean and serious. I thought we were having fun here.

RoadSnacks leaned into the funny, Jeff Foxworthy-based version of a redneck. Then they rounded up select data on places in SD to determine their rankings. RoadSnacks Redneck Criteria:

  • Small towns
  • Least amount of high school graduates
  • Number of bars per city
  • Number of mobile home parks per capita
  • Number of tobacco stores per city
  • Number of places to get fishing gear
  • Number of guns and ammo stores per city
  • Walmarts, Bass Pro Shops, and dollar stores nearby

Gallery Credit: Ben Kuhns

This Horrific Murderer is Buried In Sioux Falls

It was almost Halloween in 1893 when Harry Lacey, a prominent businessman, committed what was described as the “most awful tragedy” in Sioux Falls history.

Gallery Credit: Ben Davis

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