Man pleads guilty to manslaughter in strip club death
WILLISTON -- A California man pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge of manslaughter stemming from an altercation outside a Williston strip club that caused a man's death.
WILLISTON - A California man pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge of manslaughter stemming from an altercation outside a Williston strip club that caused a man’s death.
Kyle Siler admitted in Williams County District Court that he struck 25-year-old Dean Niederklopfer in the face last August in downtown Williston.
The assault caused Niederklopfer to suffer a fatal blow to the head as he fell and struck his head on a metal slab on the ground, defense attorney Ryan Sandberg said.
“The second blow actually caused his death, not the strike,” said Williams County State’s Attorney Marlyce Wilder.
Under terms of a plea agreement, Siler would serve 10 years in prison plus five years of supervised probation for the manslaughter charges, as well as other unrelated charges he also pleaded guilty to Tuesday.
Siler, 29 at the time of the incident, had faced a murder charge, a Class AA felony, but prosecutors agreed to reduce it to manslaughter, a Class B felony, in exchange for his guilty plea.
Northwest Judicial District Judge Joshua Rustad delayed sentencing until a pre-sentence investigation is complete.
Rustad said victim impact statements filed by several family members adamantly objected to the terms of the plea agreement.
Several family members of Siler and Niederklopfer attended the hearing, many traveling from out of state to be there, but they declined to comment until after the sentencing hearing.
The plea agreement on the manslaughter charge calls for Siler to serve 10 years in prison, with five years suspended. He also would serve five years of supervised release.
Siler also pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to commit burglary and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, stemming from incidents not related to the manslaughter case.
He admitted he conspired with another individual to steal electronics from a Williams County residence in February 2014. A search warrant in that investigation led to one of the drug paraphernalia charges. The other drug charge resulted from a search of a Williston hotel room occupied by Siler and others in May 2013.
For those charges, the plea agreement calls for Siler to serve five years in prison that would run consecutively with the sentence for manslaughter.
When Williston police responded to a fight in progress last Aug. 8 outside of the area of Whispers and Heartbreakers strip clubs, they found Niederklopfer unresponsive on the ground, Wilder said. He later died at a Minot hospital, she said.
Siler, a former bouncer at Whispers, and his girlfriend, Jessica Gibson, were arrested several days later by a highway patrolman near Belle Fourche, S.D. Gibson faces a charge of hindering law enforcement in connection with the case and is scheduled for a jury trial in April.