Rapid City man charged with 2nd degree murder for the death of Dhani Aronson

Andrew Thorson

RAPID CITY, S.D. — A Rapid City man now facing murder charges in a shooting that claimed the life of 24-year-old Dhani I. Aronson.

29-year-old Andrew Thorson of Rapid City made his first appearance in Pennington County court Wednesday morning.

Thorson is charged with second-degree murder in Aronson’s death. He is being held at the Pennington County Jail on a $1 million cash-only bond.

Second-degree murder is a Class B Felony in South Dakota. If convicted, Thorson faces a mandatory life sentence.

Prosecutors say Thorson shot Aronson in the head, killing him. Aronson’s body was found Monday morning in a ditch off of Highway 16 at Wilderness Canyon Road.

25-year-old Jacob Staton also appeared in court on a charge of accessory to a crime, which is a Class 5 Felony.

Jacob Staton

Prosecutors say charges may be elevated beyond just accessory.

If convicted on the accessory charge, Staton faces five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both. Staton is being held at the Pennington County Jail on a $500,000 cash-only bond.

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