The last of the three people arrested in connection with the killing of a 16-year-old in Sioux Falls appeared before a Minnehaha County judge on Thursday.
Sembel Andom Sale, 18, pleaded not guilty to first and second degree murder, first and second degree attempted murder and attempted robbery during his arraignment at the Minnehaha County Courthouse. Ahmed appeared in person at the Minnehaha County Courthouse, the first of the three individuals arrested in connection to 16-year-old Ephraim Duolo Shulue’s death on Dec. 9 in Sioux Falls to do so.
Sale’s defense requested an interpreter be present given the severity of the charges Sale was facing, but nobody showed up. His initial appearance and interview with police were said to be done in English, according to the prosecution.
Sale’s bond was set at $500,000, and his defense said they would discuss changing his bond at a different date. Police say Sale wasn’t the person who shot and killed Shulue, but given his connection and involvement in the incident that led up to the killing he will also be charged for it.
First-degree murder is a Class A felony with a mandatory sentence of life in prison if the person who commits the crime is over 18 at the time of the crime. Since Sale was 17, he can’t be sentenced to life in prison, but there is no limit on the years he can be sentenced to.
Sale fled the scene after the killing of Shulue and was the first person arrested in late December in Sioux Falls for that incident.
Sale is accused of going to the scene of a marijuana deal on the 900 block of N. Cleveland Avenue with Shulue and attempting to rob two people in a vehicle who were a part of the drug deal, police say.