Box Elder man fights for life after fight over $100 bill

BOX ELDER, S.D. — The Box Elder Police Department, with assistance from the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, is investigating an aggravated assault that has left one man fighting for his life.

According to BEPD, on Saturday night, 911 dispatch received a call about a fight that had occurred in the 200 block of Box Elder Rd.

Officers arrived to find a father and a son in a yard with serious injuries. The son was laying in the yard unconscious and unresponsive.

He was transported to Regional Health Rapid City Hospital with life-threatening injuries. After undergoing surgery Wednesday, the 25-year-old remains in critical condition. Police have not released the victim’s identification.

Det. Duane Peyrot with the BEPD says the fight began after a $100 bill had gone missing from the victim’s trailer. Peyrot says a woman was allowed into the victim’s home to fill up water jugs and allegedly stole the money from a wallet in the kitchen.

“The victim and father had gone to the neighbors to see if he could account for the missing money,” said Peyrot.

Sunday morning, police arrested a 30-year-old Box Elder resident, William Lee Clifford. According to police, another man involved in the fight fled the scene.

Clifford is charged with aggravated assault which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and/or a $30,000 fine.

Clifford remains in the Pennington County Jail on a $15,000 cash only bond. He is set to appear in court on July 24.

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