RAPID CITY, S.D. — A Rapid City man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for fatally beating an acquaintance at a motel last December.

The Rapid City Journal reports 34-four-year-old Clifford Gilbert was sentenced Thursday. Gilbert pleaded guilty in August to first-degree manslaughter in the death of 61-year-old Robert Smith at the Stardust Motel in Rapid City.

Police found Smith unconscious inside a room at the motel early on Dec. 27.

Gilbert was accused of using a walking stick to beat Smith. Prosecutors say Gilbert then used his fists and feet to deliver the fatal blows while the victim was on the floor.

According to court documents, Gilbert told investigators he “snapped” in anger while he was in a motel room with Smith and a woman.

Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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