Rapid City man convicted of aggravated assault faces new charges - KOTA Territory News

Rapid City man convicted of aggravated assault faces new charges

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A man sentenced to more than 20 years in prison for a brutal assault, will face another trial.

Tuesday, Seventh Circuit Judge Wally Eklund set a one-day trial on April 2nd for 30-year-old Luke Elk Nation.

Elk Nation is charged with witness tampering by slipping notes to his victim. Prosecutors says he would give letters to his mother while he was in jail and she would deliver them to the victim.

A Rapid City jury convicted Elk Nation of beating his girlfriend with a glass candlestick on New Year's Day last year.  The victim testified that he also broke a lamp over her head and repeatedly kicked and hit her.

Jurors also convicted Elk Nation of possession of a controlled substance for the methamphetamine found in the South Dakota Rose Motel room where the couple was staying.

The jury was deadlocked on a kidnapping charge over allegations that he held her in the room against her will.

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