- Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A Rapid City jury convicted a man of beating his girlfriend with a glass candlestick on New Year’s Day last year.

KOTA-TV (https://bit.ly/1d1fAOX ) reports that Luke Elk Nation was found guilty of aggravated assault.

That carries a maximum punishment of 40 years in prison for the beating that left scars that will be visible the rest of her life.

She testified that Elk Nation struck her with a glass candlestick holder, 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 they were 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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Information from: KOTA-TV, https://www.kotatv.com

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