WPR News
6:42 am
Thu September 6, 2007

Possible Lead in the Case of Missing Girl

ELK POINT, S.D. – The case of a missing Wyoming girl came
up today at the sentencing of James Strahl, who'll serve life in
prison for killing a rural South Dakota man nine years ago.
South Dakota Assistant Attorney General Connie Larson told the
judge that prosecutors believe Strahl was involved in the October
1997 disappearance of 14-year-old Amanda Gallion in Gillette.
According to court papers, Strahl told a jail cellmate that he
raped and killed her. Strahl has not been charged with any crimes
in Wyoming.
The defense attorney says he'll appeal Strahl's conviction of
killing William O'Hare at his rural Beresford home because of
testimony that was allowed in the trial and evidence that wasn't
allowed.
The O'Hare case was dormant for years. After the state's cold
case unit took another look, new DNA technology led to Strahl's
arrest and subsequent conviction by a jury last month.