Christmas Eve murderer sentenced to life in prison
PIERRE, S.D. — On Monday, Elias Richard was sentenced to life in the South Dakota State Penitentiary for the murder of Vernall Marshall. It took a jury four days to convict Richard of Second Degree Murder.
On December 24, 2020, an altercation during a drug transaction between Richard and Marshall resulted in Richard shooting Marshall twice with a .25 caliber handgun.
“Elias Richard will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole,” said Assistant Attorney General Trevor Thielen who prosecuted the case for the State in Presiding Judge Craig Pfeifle’s Seventh Circuit Court in Rapid City.