Madison man pleads guilty to first degree manslaughter

LAKE COUNTY, S.D. (KSFY) - A Madison man has pleaded guilty to first degree manslaughter in the shooting death of his fiancee nearly three years ago.

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced Monday that 48-year-old Joseph Michael Schmitz will be sentenced in June. He faces up to life in prison and/or a $50,000 fine and other fees.

Authorities say Schmitz had a confrontation with Corina Booth at a Lake Madison home on April 27, 2016, which led to him firing a pistol that caused her death.

This case was investigated by the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, the Madison Police Department and the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

It is being prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office.