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Two more defendants take plea deal in Mitchell baseball team case

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Two more suspects connected to the Mitchell Legion Baseball team sexual misconduct investigation have struck plea deals with prosecutors.

Carter Miller and Peyton Mandel have both pleaded guilty to one count of accessory to felony. As part of the deal, the most severe charges will be dropped against the pair, and they have agreed to testify in the case.

Each still faces up to five years in prison.

This comes a week after the first plea deal was cut in the case by Lincoln Bates under similar terms.

The case, one of the most prominent in state courts, orbits two alleged sexual assaults involving six members of the team. It stems from an incident at a Rapid City baseball tournament in June of 2023. The defense has framed the matter as a “team hazing ritual.”

Three other team members, Hudson Halley, Landon Waddell, and Karter Sibson are scheduled back in court on the first of July. They have pleaded not guilty to rape charges.

C.J. Keene is a Rapid City-based journalist covering the legal system, education, and culture
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