73-year-old gets life term in old grudge killing

A prosecutor says a jockstrap put over a student sports manager's head in a high school locker room more than 50 years ago led a 73-year-old South Dakota man to fatally shoot his long-ago classmate


The Associated Press

MADISON, S.D. — A prosecutor says a jockstrap put over a student sports manager's head in a high school locker room more than 50 years ago led a 73-year-old South Dakota man to fatally shoot his long-ago classmate.

Carl Ericsson of Watertown was sentenced to life in prison Friday after pleading guilty but mentally ill last month to second-degree murder. Ericsson was charged in the Jan. 31 killing of retired Madison High School teacher and track coach Norman Johnson, who was shot twice in the face.

Lake County State's Attorney Ken Meyer said Ericsson indicated that the decades-old locker room incident led to the shooting. Johnson was a high school sports star and Ericsson was a student manager.

Johnson's daughter, Beth Ribstein, said Ericsson was always jealous of her father's success.
 

 

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