Hamill Man Found Guilty Of Murder In Stanley County Trial Sentenced To Life In Prison

A Hamill man, who a Stanley County jury found guilty of Second Degree Murder in November, has been sentenced to life in prison. Forty-eight year-old Chance Harruff was found guilty for causing the June 2017 death of 38 year-old Kristi Olsen. The mother of seven was found dead at her home in Dallas, the victim of a strangling by Harruff. Harruf and Olsen had been in a domestic relationship for a time. Harruff admitted in court to pushing Olsen down the night she died, but evidence presented by prosecutors showed injuries consistent with strangulation. Harruff was given credit for 587 days in custody, but the penalty for the Class B Felony is mandatory life prison sentence. Harruff is also to be responsible as a part of his sentencing to pay court costs, funeral expenses for Olsen, witnesses’ transcripts and court appointed attorneys fees. He is also responsible for costs of prosecution including medical expenses and expenses incurred by the city jail in Winner. Harruff was sentenced at the Gregory County Courthouse in Burke Wednesday. The case was prosecuted by the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office and Gregory County States Attorney. Due to pre-trial publicity, the trial was transferred to Fort Pierre.