A Watertown man has been sentenced to 35 years in Prison with an additional 15 years suspended after being convicted of 9 alternative counts of 3rd Degree Rape by a Codington County Jury on March 18th, 2021. The sentence was imposed by Judge Carmen Means on Lee Malcolm Wednesday morning in a Codington County Courtroom. Malcolm, 44, was convicted following a four-day jury trial..
The charges stem from an incident that occurred at a Watertown residence on October 28th, 2019.
According to court documents, authorities were dispatched to a report of an unresponsive female at a Watertown residence. Upon arrival police encountered Malcolm and the 41-year-old female, Jamaica Christensen.
Despite life-saving measures paramedics were unable to resuscitate Christensen who was later pronounced dead as a result of “combined medication toxicity”.
During the investigation by the Watertown Police Department, several videos showing Malcom and the unresponsive female engaged in sexual activity were recovered. Malcolm claimed Christensen had overdosed on medication and killed herself. Malcolm begged the court for mercy while he read from numerous letters between Jamaica and himself for over an hour, never taking responsibility for his actions but rather saying the sexual relationship him and Jamaica was “unconventional, but not non-consensual.”
Following Malcom’s statement, the mother of Jamaica gave her statement to the court. Fighting back tears, Rose Schnackenberg said her daughter was "beautiful, smart, and full of life" and then asked the court to hold Malcolm responsible to the fullest extent of the law so "he would not be able to do this to anyone else."
In sentencing Malcom, Judge Carmen Means delivered a swift verdict saying Malcom’s comments “were the most self-serving, made up bunch of hooey I have ever heard.” Malcolm tried to interrupt the Judge at one point who then said, “Listen to me, it’s my turn to talk.”
Means then said that she wouldn’t impose the maximum sentence on Malcom but the sentence she would impose would keep him incarcerated until he was at least 70 years old. She then sentenced him to 35 years in the South Dakota State Penitentiary.
Following the conclusion of the sentencing, Jamaica’s mom Rose Schnackenberg said she was thankful the case was over…..
Jeff Schnackenberg, Jamaica’s step-father, said he too was glad the case was over and justice has been served………..
Rose took a few minutes to thank those involved in the case.
Malcolm was immediately remanded to the custody of the Codington County Sheriff’s Department to begin serving his sentence.