Pine Ridge man sentenced to 30 years for baseball bat murder - KOTA Territory News

Pine Ridge man sentenced to 30 years for baseball bat murder


A Pine Ridge man has been sentenced to three decades behind bars for killing his love rival with a baseball bat last year.

Kyle Yankton, 21, of Pine Ridge was sentenced to 30 years in prison in federal court Monday, after pleading guilty to two second degree murder charges in relation to the June 30th murder.

Prosecutors say, Yankton murdered Pablo Galindo, 23, after finding him at his ex-girlfriends home in Pine Ridge. Yankton admitted in court jealousy was a factor in the crime, and he didn't want Galindo raising his son with his ex-girlfriend.

According to drug testing results, Yankton was sober at the time of the crime.

The Galindo family says they are not satisfied with the verdict.

"When he murdered my son, he didn' t give my son leniency. He was sleeping, took my sons life while he was sleeping. He didn't deserve leniency. He should've gotten life," said Lorna Galindo, mother of Pablo Galindo. 

Both men leave behind young children. Galindo leaves behind two daughters under 4, and Yankton has a young son.

Both families reported in court that they had received death threats from each other in the months after the murder.

Yankton will also be required to pay $9,000 in restitution to the family and a victims advocacy group.

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