A KOTA Territory man convicted of a brutal New Year's Day assault at a Rapid City motel room is sentenced to more than 20-years in the state penitentiary.
Seventh Circuit Judge Wally Eklund sentenced Luke Elk Nation, 30, to 23 years behind bars for an aggravated assault charge and a possession of a controlled substance charge.
During the trial, the victim, Elizabeth Eagle Bull, testified that he beat her with a glass candle stick holder, broke a lamp over her head and repeatedly kicked and hit her. Tuesday, she confronted Elk Nation telling him how the beating traumatized her. Elk Nation addressed the court too, telling Judge Eklund that "Something happened in that room, but it's not what I'm convicted of."
Elk Nation will be eligible for parole after he serves about 60 percent of his sentence.