RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A western South Dakota woman convicted of killing her husband has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Thirty-one-year-old Tiffany Janis shot 52-year-old Brian Garrett in February 2018 in front of their two sons at their home in Kyle. Garrett was a police officer with the Oglala Sioux Tribe.
U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Viken on Friday sentenced Janis to 10 years in prison for second-degree murder and 10 years for firing a gun while committing a violent crime. Viken said the actions by Janis had a “tremendous impact” on two large families in a small community.
Janis was originally charged with first-degree murder, which is punishable by life in prison or the death penalty. That charge was dropped as part of a plea deal.