by: Lauren Soulek
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) – It’s a case we first told you about in 1994. It was so violent the man who committed the crime was sentenced to more than 100 years behind bars. Now he’s up for parole.
In 1994, Ricky Sieler broke through a window at his former girlfriend’s apartment.
Once he was inside, he brutally raped and stabbed her and repeatedly told her to die.
He slit her throat and slashed her arm and stomach. She was so cut up that first responders initially thought she was dead. The case captured the community’s attention and we covered the trial night after night on KELOLAND News.
Now, nearly three decades later, Sieler is up for parole. When he realized our camera was at the penitentiary, he decided to waive the hearing. Here’s what he told us:
“And as far as you guys know, I’d appreciate it next time I come up for a hearing that you not show. I’d like my parole hearing to be private. But you have a job I guess,” Sieler said.
A member of the parole board had to explain to Sieler that parole hearings are open to the media.
Sieler is serving a 105 year sentence for the 1994 crime. Following what happened at today’s hearing, we received an alert saying his parole was denied.
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) —About 20 years ago downtown Sioux Falls saw some major changes as businesses began to invest in aging, vacant buildings, leading to the now bustling Phillips Avenue.
That growth continues as new developments like Cherapa Place and The Steel District transform the land in the heart of the city.
But as more companies search for office space in Sioux Falls, many are looking in the same direction.
“We’ve always been attracted to downtown,” the owners of the Lockwood and Zahrbock Kool Law Office said.
“We really wanted to stay downtown,” Alana Snyder, the co-owner of 605 Magazine said.
“We just think downtown is the place to be, we’ve done surveys with our team and what they want is to have an office in downtown Sioux Falls,” Click Rain + Lemonly CEO Natalie Eisenberg said.
RAPID CITY, S.D. (KELO) — Book donations are piling up at the Juvenile Detention Center in Rapid City.
Scott Hultgren is a victims specialist for the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office. Hultgren himself, loves reading and thought this would be a great opportunity to donate.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Since the pandemic began, there’s been a big shift in business across the country, with many people deciding to start their own company. Now there’s a new resource center now open for women entrepreneurs in Eastern South Dakota.
“We’ve really seen an increase in the amount of women wanting to start their own business and the SBA really sought that out,” said Ashley Biggar, the Director of SDCEO East Women’s Business Center.
In 2021 the Small Business Administration announced 20 new Women’s Business Centers across the country, including the new SDCEO East location in Sioux Falls.
“We cover the whole eastern side of the state, so about 22 counties over here is what we cover,” Biggar said. South Dakota’s Western Women’s Business Center opened about 14 years ago at Black Hills State University. Now the new Sioux Falls office celebrated its grand opening Wednesday, welcoming the east side entrepreneurs already benefiting from this new support program.
“There’s about 80 people so far just since August,” Biggar said.