Nebraska Man Who Killed South Dakota Farmer Dies

Posted 2 weeks ago

By Scott Carlson

James-Strahl

James Strahl

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A prison inmate who beat a South Dakota farmer to death after meeting the man at an adult book store in Sioux City, Iowa, has died.

The Department of Corrections says 46-year-old James Strahl died Monday at a Sioux Falls hospital after an extended illness.

He was sentenced in Union County in 2010 to 25 years for first-degree manslaughter and a consecutive 10-year sentence for grand theft.

The Dakota City, Nebraska, man was initially convicted of killing William O’Hare in 1998.

Prosecutors say Strahl had sex with O’Hare at O’Hare’s farm house and beat him to death with a hammer when he refused to give Strahl a ride home.

Strahl was granted a new trial after a witness lied in an unrelated case but instead pleaded guilty.