Man sentenced to 60 years for fatal beating with baseball bat

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to fatally beating a retired teacher with a baseball bat has been sentenced in Pennington County to 60 years in prison. Thirty-one-year-old Andrew Eastman earlier pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in a deal with prosecutors.

Eastman was a work release prisoner when he walked away from his job at the Rapid City landfill, stole a truck, went to the home of 64-year-old Larry Mintzlaff and beat him to death with a baseball bat in June 2017. Eastman said he had been drinking and went to Mintzlaff’s house to get a ride and doesn’t remember how the killing happened.