A Yankton man has been sentenced to forty years in prison in connection to the murder of a Yankton woman.
De’Von Taye Lopez last month pleaded guilty to a single count of manslaughter in the death of 61-year-old Deborah Lynn Schock of rural Yankton two year ago.
According to court documents, Lopez was sentenced Wednesday to sixty years in the South Dakota State Penitentiary with 443 days of incarceration credited. He will also owe restitution to family members for expenses paid during the trial and for future counseling.
As part of Lopez’s change of plea, his sentence was capped at 60 years with 20 suspended.
According to court documents, on September 7th of 2019, the Yankton County Sheriff’s Office was called to a mobile home located east of Yankton for a report of a death. Family members had discovered Schock deceased in her residence. A preliminary investigation indicated that the victim had been deceased for several days.
An autopsy found that Schock had injuries consistent with strangulation.