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MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — A 47-year-old Mitchell man faces up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to raping a teenage girl.

The Daily Republic reports that Steven Nichols pleaded guilty to fourth-degree rape in the January incident at a residence. Prosecutors in exchange for the plea dropped a first-degree rape charge.

That means Nichols will face up to 15 years in prison rather than up to 50 years. He’s to be sentenced in May.


Information from: The Daily Republic,