Public Information

The Pennington County State's Attorney’s Office is dedicated to providing accurate information to the public and the media. It is a priority of our office to be transparent and keep the communities we serve informed about high-profile court cases and other criminal justice matters that impact the residents of Pennington County.

All requests for information related to the work of our office or requests for interviews should be directed to the Pennington County State's Attorney's Office Public Information Officer, Katy Urban. She can be reached via phone at (605)390-1182 or at


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Annual Reports

2023 Annual Report

2022 Annual Report


Press Releases


5/20/2024 Teen Sentenced for Rapid Valley Drive-By Shooting

5/20/2024 William Thunder Hawk Sentenced to 15 Years for Aggravated Assault and Burglary

5/16/2024 Jury Unable to Reach Verdict in Abel Diaz Rape Case

5/16/2024 Court Sentences Rapid City Assailant to Ten-Year Prison Term Following Victim's Plea for Justice

5/13/2024 Local Woman Sentenced for Role in Animal Neglect Case

5/13/2024 Man Sentenced for Involuntary Manslaughter in Tragic Shooting Case

5/10/2024 State's Attorney's Office Announces Decision In 2023 Murder Case

5/6/2024 Murderer and rapist James Jumping Eagle receives maximum penitentiary sentence

4/22/2024 Pennington County State’s Attorney’s Office and Sheriff’s Office Commemorate National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

4/22/24 Judge Condemns Jeremiah Hancotte's "Evil, Unjustified, and Brutal" Actions Before Sentencing

4/12/2024 Pennington County Jury Deliberates Over Allegations of Rape, Sexual Contact

4/2/2024 Local man sentenced to 5 years in penitentiary for robbery and intimidation of homeowne

3/25/2024 Rapid City man receives “merciful” sentence in manslaughter case

3/22/2024 Man sentenced for killing Meshell Will in 2013

3/21/2024 Jury Convicts Man of Brutally Beating Woman

3/18/2024 Bond Set at $250,000 Cash for Derrek Brave Heart, Charged in Connection with Fatal Shooting

3/8/2024 Jury Delivers Guilty Verdict in Tragic Case of McGovern's Murder

3/4/2024 No bond for man charged with executing Esther Wolfe

2/29/2024 Rapid City Resident Sentenced To Maximum Term For Child Sexual Contact Offenses

2/29/2024 Judge sentences domestic violence perpetrator to maximum prison term

2/28/2024 New Developments in Esther Wolfe Murder Case Prompt State’s Attorney’s Action

2/26/2024 Court Hands Down 75-year Sentence in Fatal Shooting Case

2/22/2024 Pennington County Jury Deadlocked in Firearm Aggravated Assault Case
2/22/2024 Magistrate Judge Orders Detention Without Bond for Alleged Murderer Brent Kertzman

2/14/2024 Pennington County Grand Jury indicts man accused of killing Acey Morrison

2/2/2024 Man receives prison sentence for assault on 88-year-old grandmother

2/1/2024 Seventh Circuit Judge hands down suspended prison time in Jeffrey Kingsbury case

1/30/2024 Rapid City Man Sentenced to 5 Years in Penitentiary for Robbery and Intimidation of Homeowner

1/30/2024 Elderly Offender Receives Maximum Sentence for Exploitation of a Minor

1/30/2024 Plea Secured in Meshell Will Homicide Case After More Than a Decade

1/16/2024 Bond set for man accused of assaulting Rapid City Police Officer

1/11/2024 Jury Renders Guilty Verdict for Local Man in October 2022 Shooting Case

1/8/2024 Man sentenced for obstructing police in incident that killed 14-year-old

1/5/2024 Man charged with incest receives maximum sentence

1/4/2024 Man receives penitentiary sentence for repeatedly violating no contact order



12/22/2023 Man with extensive criminal history receives 40 years for aggravated assault against deputy 

12/22/2023 Pennington County jury finds man guilty of burglary, assault

12/22/2023 Pennington County jury finds Pennsylvania man not guilty of second degree rape

12/22/2023 Pennington County grand jury indicts teen on first-degree robbery charges

12/19/2023 Local man receives suspended prison sentence and probation for 4th degree rape charge

12/18/2023 Local Man Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Aggravated Assault 

11/20/2023 Perpetrator receives 40 years for brutal killing of Box Elder woman

11/17/2023 Box Elder teen sentenced in stabbing assault
11/17/2023 Man sentenced for throwing hammer at RCPD officer

11/13/23 State’s Attorney’s Office announces agreement in Jordan Hare case

11/1/23 Pennington County Receives $50,000 to Expand Art Program for Justice-Involved Youth

10/30/23 Illinois man sentenced in Pennington County rape case 

10/24/23 Women sentenced on child abuse charges

10/19/23 Local man changes plea to guilty, admits throwing hammer in the vicinity of police officer

10/19/23 Probable cause found during preliminary hearing for man charged in vehicular homicide case

10/13/23 Jury find Uhre guilty of simple assault

10/10/23 Two Mitchell men facing charges for failing to report crimes

10/3/23 Man pleads guilty to stealing from businesses

10/3/23 Six teens plead not guilty to rape

9/28/23 Bond set at $100,000 for accused scammer

9/26/23 Rapid City man pleads guilty to assaulting man with brass knuckles

9/21/23 Man sentenced for threatening several people with gun, shooting at individual

9/21/23 Hirth trial cancelled

9/18/23 Man pleads guilty to assaulting woman with gun cleaning rod

9/12/23 Pennington County man sentenced in child rape conviction

9/5/23 Pennington County State’s Attorney's Office announces selection of new Public Information Officer