Inmate from South Dakota extradited for Wichita County trial

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — A man serving a 10-year sentence in South Dakota for indecent acts with a child is now in the Wichita County jail on a similar charge allegedly committed before that crime.

James Badwound, 67, of Rapid City, South Dakota, is jailed on a $100,000 bond on a charge of indecency with a child by sexual contact, allegedly committed in November 2018.

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Badwound appeared before a magistrate on March 27, 2024, where a bond was set. He requested a court-appointed attorney. Jeff McKnight, judge for the 30th District, later appointed Scott Stillson to represent Badwound.

According to the indictment filed in June last year, Badwound inappropriately touched a child on or about November 28, 2018, in Wichita County.

Last August, Badwound pleaded guilty to a similar charge in South Dakota and in October was sentenced to the maximum 10-year sentence, with five years suspended. Authorities say he molested a girl as she was sleeping in 2019.

According to news accounts, the victim wrote in her impact statement that she has nightmares and trouble sleeping.

The prosecutor in the case said Badwound was convicted of a similar crime in 1990 with suspended imposition, which means the conviction was sealed.

The charge filed in Wichita County is punishable by two to 20 years in prison.

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The South Dakota Department of Corrections site shows that Badwound will be eligible for parole in October 2025 and will be released on his suspended sentence in October 2028.

This is a developing story. Stick with Texoma's Homepage for updates as more information becomes available. All individuals charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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