PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre teen was sentenced Tuesday for his guilty plea to Second Degree Burglary. 18-year-old Lee Provancial was arrested last June after the Pierre Police officers were summoned to a Flag Mountain Drive residence where an intruder had been found. Provancial pleaded guilty to the burglary charge in January and other charges contained in an indictment were dismissed. Provancial was initially detained last summer on five charges-including First Degree Rape-Victim Under 13 and although he didn’t plead guilty to a sexual crime, he was ordered to undergo a psychosexual evaluation.
In court Tuesday, Provancial’s lawyer said his client had been overly intoxicated and wandered into the wrong apartment. He said there was no evidence Provancial did anything to a child.
Provancial apologized to the court for his actions.
An adult who lives in the apartment where Provancial was found requested that Provancial not receive probation. He said that he was awakened by his screaming daughter the night of the incident and that the experience was a traumatic one. He said that now, he frequently gets up to check his children at night.
Hughes County States Attorney Max Gors asked that Judge John Brown consider the victim’s statement in declaring a sentence.
Judge Brown sentenced Provancial to ten years in the state penitentiary and gave him credit for 277 days he has already been in jail. Provancial must pay for court costs, a psychosexual evaluation and restitution to the victim for lost wages.
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