Jury convicts Rapid City woman of lesser charge in stabbing death of her boyfriend

RAPID CITY, S.D.- A Rapid City woman was convicted this week in the June 2021 stabbing death of her boyfriend.

On Thursday, A jury convicted Ashley Peltier of Rapid City of First Degree Manslaughter after a three day trial. Peltier was initially charged with Second Degree Murder in the death of her boyfriend, James Steven Rice, also known as Stanley Kennard III.

At the end of Peltier’s trial, the jury was informed that, in addition to the Second Degree Murder charge, they could also consider two lesser charges for Peltier: First Degree Manslaughter and Second Degree Manslaughter. Upon deliberation, the jury convicted Peltier of First Degree Manslaughter.

Peltier faces up to life in prison at sentencing. A sentencing date has not yet been set.


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