BOX ELDER, S.D. — A man facing a potential life sentence for a shooting in Box Elder has been sentenced to 7 ½ years in prison.

Thirty-two-year-old Jarrad Smith was convicted during a May trial of aggravated assault in the shooting of 27-year-old Kyle Haverly during a fight outside the Belle Starr Gentlemen’s Club in December.

The Rapid City Journal reports ( ) Smith was acquitted of other charges including attempted murder but still faced a possible sentence of life behind bars because of prior felonies.

Prosecutors asked for a 30-year sentence on Tuesday, while the defense sought a five-year term.

Judge Jeff Connolly gave Smith a 15-year sentence and suspended half of it. He also ordered $30,000 in restitution.

Smith will be eligible for parole after serving a little more than five years.

Information from: Rapid City Journal,

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