RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Rapid City man convicted of second degree murder has been sentenced to life in prison.
Elias Richard, 23, was convicted for the shooting death of Vernall Marshall on Christmas Eve of 2020. Officers arrived that night on Silverleaf Avenue and found Marshall lying in the street with gunshot wounds.
In court Monday, Richard’s attorney said his client accepts the jury’s verdict but denies any involvement in the shooting. State prosecutors said two young people lost a father figure the night of the murder. Judge Craig Pfeifle called the shooting heinous and without any justification.
Two other people have already pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting aggravated assault in the case.