Sentencing postponed for woman involved in Rose Inn shooting

Tracy Laughlin

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RAPID CITY, S.D. — 32-year-old Tracy Laughlin, one of four suspects charged in connection to the shooting death of Jesus Vance at a Rapid City motel in April, failed to appear in a Pennington County Court Friday for her sentencing hearing.

Laughlin, who was granted bond at a status hearing in December, has a felony no-bond bench warrant in effect for charges related to possession and forgery. Judge Jeffrey Connolly stated he did not want to be duplicitous in issuing another warrant for the charges related to the shooting, but would if need be.

She previously pleaded guilty to accessory charges as part of an agreement with the State. That agreement also drops the charges of aiding and abetting kidnapping and assault. Laughlin faces up to five years in prison on the accessory charges.

Murder charges for all four suspects – Tracy Laughlin, Travis Nelson, William Long, and Gilbert Reyna – were previously dropped.

Nelson, Long, and Reyna were set for a status hearing on Friday. During that hearing, a motion was presented to sever the cases and try all three separately. Judge Connolly set a motions hearing for February 11.

Both Reyna and Nelson sought reduction in their current $100,000 bonds; Judge Connolly set a bond hearing for January 21 to address the request.

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