Norfolk man charged in connection to death of Yankton woman

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A Norfolk man has been charged with burning a car of a woman who was found dead in the Santee Sioux Indian reservation.

Joseph James, 47, of Norfolk, Nebraska, has been charged with arson. 

James was arrested on Monday as authorities were investigating the death of Phyllis Hunhoff, of Yankton, South Dakota.

According to a release from the Nebraska District of the U.S. Department of Justice, it is alleged that James set fire to Hunhoff’s car that was found in the Santee Sioux Indian reservation near Niobrara.

The maximum punishment for the offense is 25 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a five-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Nebraska State Patrol, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, the Santee Sioux Nation Police Department, the Lincoln Police Department, the Nebraska State Fire Marshal, the Norfolk Police Department, the Niobrara Police Department, and the Yankton County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the case. 

KCAU 9 will keep you keep updated as we learn more. 

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