Rapid City man pleads guilty, but mentally ill in kidnapping cas - KOTA Territory News

Rapid City man pleads guilty, but mentally ill in kidnapping case

Joshua Peacock, 28, pleaded guilty but mentally ill to kidnapping charges in Pennington County Seventh Circuit Court Monday.
Judge Robert Gusinsky accepted the Rapid City man's plea, saying that a psychiatrist's testimony on Monday gave a "sufficient factual basis" for the plea.

The doctor's testimony cited a range of mental illnesses, including major depression, chronic anxiety; as well as obsessive-compulsive, panic and personality disorders. He also cited a history of chronic drug abuse and suicide attempts, beginning before Peacock was 12 years old.

As a part of a plea agreement with the State's Attorney Office, Peacock could be charged with one count of kidnapping, one count of attempted kidnapping and burglary. The remaining assault and drug charges could be dismissed.

Although Peacock claims to having only a vague recollection of what happened, police say he kidnapped a woman and a teen in separate incidents last fall. Both victims escaped unharmed.
Peacock faces up to 55 years in prison and $110,000 in fines. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 26.

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