Olson to be sentenced June 14

Olson to be sentenced June 14 Daren Olson, 23, a former University of South Dakota police officer, will be sentenced June 14 for the Oct. 11 death of his 5-month-old daughter, Jordyn.

Sentencing will take place at the Clay County Courthouse at 9 a.m. in front of Circuit Court Judge Arthur Rusch.

Olson pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter Feb. 11. The maximum sentence for first-degree manslaughter, which is a Class 1 felony, is life in prison and a $25,000 fine. However, under a controversial plea agreement, prosecutors will not ask for more than 20 years in prison.

Olson had also been charged with second-degree murder but those charges were dropped in exchange for a guilty manslaughter plea.

Olson admitted to Judge Rusch Feb. 11 that he killed his infant daughter in a fit of anger.

Olson's attorney, Sid Strange of Sioux Falls, told the judge that on the day of Jordyn's death, the defendant had the baby in his hands "and forcibly placed her on her changing table. That caused the skull fracture that ultimately led to her death."

An autopsy showed that the child died of blunt head trauma.

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