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(S.D.)-Rapid City Man Pleads Not Guilty In Candlestick Assault

By: Chris Fankhauser Posted at: 02/06/2013 08:02 AM

    RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A Rapid City man accused of beating a woman with a glass candlestick has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and aggravated assault charges.
     Twenty-nine-year-old Luke Elk Nation was arrested on New Year's Day for allegedly beating a woman and holding her against her will in a room at the South Dakota Rose Inn. He also faces drug charges.
     Judge Wally Eklund on Tuesday lowered Elk Nation's bond from $100,000 to $50,000, after Elk Nation's attorney asked for a $10,000 bond. Prosecutor Tracey Decker opposed any reduction in bond because of Elk Nation's criminal history.
     Elk Nation faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press)


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