Charges dropped for Rapid City man involved in August shooting

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Charges have been dropped against a Rapid City man accused of first degree attempted murder in an August 16 shooting in Rapid City.

26-year-old Richard Anthony Sanchez was facing charges of first degree attempted murder and aggravated assault stemming from a shooting on Pointe West Place. Pennington County Deputy State’s Attorney Roxanne Hammond confirms to NewsCenter1 that those charges were dropped due to “uncooperative key witnesses.”

After the shooting, Sanchez and three others – David Mestas, Christina Sanchez, and Dominique Brave – went to Utah. Brave’s family say she went along because she was scared.

Mestas then killed brave in Utah – shooting her in the head while she rode in the passenger seat – and the others helped to conceal her body. They were picked up in Juab County shortly thereafter.

As of Thursday night, Sanchez appears to have been released from Pennington County custody.

On the Justice for Dominique Brave Facebook page, her loved ones say the situation is “heartbreaking to our family.”

David Mestas is set to be sentenced in Utah for Brave’s murder next Tuesday, February 1, according to Utah 4th Circuit Court documents.

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