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Farmhands sentenced in Onida shooting

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ONIDA, S.D. (AP) - Two farmhands from South Africa were sentenced Monday to one year in prison for the shooting of another man at a party near Onida last November. 

Zane Van Der Merwe and Stephan Van Der Berg pleaded guilty earlier to attempted aggravated assault. Authorities say Gregorio Garcia was seriously injured in the shooting. 

Judge John Brown ordered the men to pay nearly $24,000 combined in restitution. 

Prosecutors say when Garcia showed up at the party, the 21-year-old Van Der Merwe and 32-year-old Van Der Berg took shotguns outside to try to force him to leave. Van Der Merwe and Garcia fought and Garcia was wounded when the shotgun went off. 

Brown called the incident a tragedy, fueled by alcohol and guns.

 

 

 

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