SD Seeks Death Penalty For Man Accused Of Killing Moody County Sheriff’s Deputy

(Flandreau, SD) — South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley is giving the go-ahead for the state to seek the death penalty for the man accused of killing a Moody County deputy. Sioux Falls native 40-year-old Joseph Hoek is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated eluding in the death of Chief Deputy Ken Prorok. Hoek allegedly swerved and struck Chief Deputy Prorok while he was placing spike strips on the road during a pursuit back on February 2nd. Jackley says he put a lot of thought into the decision after several meetings with Prorok’s family and members of the Moody County Sheriff’s Office. Both parties expressed they are in favor of the death penalty if Hoek is convicted.

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