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Norfolk man found guilty of fatal kidnapping involving South Dakota woman

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Phyllis Hunhoff
Phyllis Hunhoff was found dead after she was reporting missing by her mother.

NORFOLK, Neb. (KTIV) - A northeast Nebraska man has been found guilty of a fatal kidnapping that resulted in the death of a Yankton, South Dakota woman.

A judge found 50-year-old Ramon Simpson of Norfolk received guilty verdicts for kidnapping resulting in death and conspiracy to commit kidnapping. The crime of kidnapping resulting in death carries a mandatory sentence to life imprisonment.

The body of 59-year-old Phyllis Hunhoff was found on the Santee Sioux Indian Reservation. Her body was found in the back seat of her car near the Bazile Bridge.

The discovery came just three days after she was reported missing by her mother.

Court documents say Hunhoff had been killed by strangulation and stab wounds. Hunhoff’s body and vehicle were set on fire.  

Another man involved, Joseph James, entered a plea of guilty to murder in indian country on February 5, 2020. On July 15, 2020, James was sentenced to life imprisonment.

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