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Man convicted of shooting at construction workers sentenced to prison

RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Rapid City man who was convicted in March for shooting at construction workers is sentenced Thursday.

Carl George Relf was sentenced to 45 years in prison with 10 suspended Thursday in Seventh Circuit Court.

Relf, 54, was charged with seven counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was accused of shooting at construction workers in the area of Highway 79 and Spring Creek Road in June 2022.

Relf’s attorney said he acted irrationally and shot at the workers because he thought a girl was being trafficked; and was on drugs and alcohol at the time. Relf’s attorney added that he believed that Relf could be rehabilitated and would like to see him returned to society and his family while under close supervision.

Prosecutors called Relf a dangerous person and said the state and community were better off without him adding that the state was requesting the maximum sentence of 50 years.

Relf stated he plans to appeal the 45-year sentence.

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