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Man facing charges in connection with fatal hit and run reaches plea agreement

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Pennington County State’s Attorney’s Office has announced a resolution in the legal proceedings involving Jordan Hare and the incident leading to the death of 14-year-old Nevaeh Brave Heart.

Instead of facing trial this week, Hare will plead guilty to a Class 1 Misdemeanor of Obstructing a Public Officer, with the dismissal of the felony charge of Hit and Run with Injury. The date for the change of plea hearing is yet to be determined.

The plea agreement follows a careful examination of evidence, including witness statements, a forensic review of Hare’s phone and other technology, and a thorough analysis of evidence collected at the scene and post-incident. The State contends that the evidence establishes Hare’s guilt in Obstructing a Public Officer.

The State’s Attorney’s Office emphasizes its commitment to a fair and just legal process, stating it brings cases to trial only when evidence can be substantiated beyond a reasonable doubt. Chief Deputy State’s Attorney Kevin Krull noted, “This ensures the legal process is just, protects the rights of victims and the accused, and upholds the principles upon which the system is built.”

Expressing condolences to Nevaeh’s family and friends for their loss, the State acknowledges the difficult time they are going through.

As this remains a pending case, the State will not provide further comments at this juncture.

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