South Dakota man to serve at least 15 years in shooting death of Dominique Brave

JUAB COUNTY, UTAH — A 26-year-old Sioux Falls man has been sentenced to at least 15 years in the shooting death of Dominique Brave in Utah last August.

David Manuel Mestas appeared via video in Utah’s 4th Circuit Court in front of Judge Anthony Howell facing charges of first degree murder, possession of a firearm by a restricted person, and abuse or desecration of a dead human body.

He will serve 15-to-life for the murder, one-to-15 years for the firearms charge, and up to five years on the desecration charge. Judge Howell ruled Mestas will serve those terms consecutively. He will serve at least the first 15 years before being further evaluated by Utah’s Board of Pardon to determine if he can be released.

Mestas was involved in a shooting on Pointe West Place in Rapid City on August 16 and then fled to Utah along with Richard Anthony Sanchez, Christina Sanchez, and Dominique Brave. Brave’s family previously told NewsCenter1 that she went along with the three because she was scared.

Mestas shot 23-year-old Brave in the head while she rode in the passenger seat. The others in the vehicle helped to conceal her body. Local law enforcement picked up Mestas and both Sanchez’ at a gas station in Mona, Utah and confirmed the body in the vehicle was Brave’s.

Charges relating to the Rapid City shooting were dropped last week for Richard Anthony Sanchez.  

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