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Noon Newscast 8.13.19

Woodbury County Jail

A man has been sentenced to five years in prison after admitting he fatally punched a Sioux City man and then fled to Mexico.   

25-year-old Ray Avila pleaded guilty Monday to involuntary manslaughter and flight to avoid prosecution.

After being punched, 31-year-old Peter Johnson fractured his skull on a sidewalk and died later at a hospital.

Avila hit Johnson after a misunderstanding over what initially appeared to be a car break-in in July of 2018.

After the incident, Avila fled to Mexico, where he was arrested in May .

Avila, a U.S. citizen, was returned to Woodbury County in June.

Both charges carry five-year sentences but will run concurrently.

Avila could be released before serving half the five-year sentence.

He also was ordered to pay $150,000 in restitution to Johnson's estate.

And, authorities say a South Sioux City man died after rescuing his two daughters from the Missouri River.

The body of 49-year-old Felipe Mendoza was recovered a short distance from where he had gone under the water Saturday just west of South Sioux City.

The girls got into the water after the boat they were in pulled onto the bank.

The girls got caught in the swirling river water, and their dad jumped in to save them.

Mendoza got them to safety.  But, he was pulled underwater and didn't resurface.

A monthly report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture assessing the global supply and demand of key crops had mixed messages for Midwest farmers Monday.

The World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) for August found that the number of acres of corn and soybeans farmers are on track to harvest this fall is more than earlier predictions, meaning the wet spring and late planting in some areas didn’t have as adverse an effect as USDA initially estimated.