South Dakota Man Pleads Guilty To Manslaughter In Trevor Sprague Case

Updated 2 years ago

It’s been 6 years since the burning body of Trevor Sprague, a homeless man, was found beneath the Kenduskeag Stream Bridge in Bangor.Friday, a South Dakota man pleaded guilty in connection with the crime.26 year old Kenneth Bruning of South Dakota was sentenced to 7 years in prison after entering an Alford guilty plea.This type of plea deal means Bruning has pleaded guilty to manslaughter, but does not admit to murder.This type of agreement is usually used when both the prosecution and defense have solid cases and the verdict could easily go either way if the case were to go to trialAs part of the deal, the prosecution dropped a murder charge, which would have had Bruning looking at 25 years to life in prison for the death of Trevor Sprague. Some disturbing details were released in court today as well, including the fact that Sprague was strangled to death and was not alive when he was set on fire.Prosecutors also revealed that it was blood at the crime scene that lead investigators to question Bruning, who was being held in South Dakota on unrelated charges.Before the judge accepted the plea deal today, Trevor Sprague’s sister spoke outTerry Sprague Taylor says “The amount of time the defendant ends up serving is not going to bring my brother back…I can only hope that he understands what he did was wrong and he’s remorseful for the act.”With credit for time served, Bruning will spend a little over 5 years in prison.He will also be on probation for 4 years once he is released.


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