Man accused of stabbing girlfriend in November pleads not guilty

A Rapid City man is facing up to 40 years in prison for reportedly stabbing and beating his girlfriend in November.

19-year-old Charles Lakota was arraigned in court Thursday morning where he pleaded not guilty to four grand jury charges.

The charges include attempted first degree murder for which he can receive up to 25 years in prison and/or a $15,000 fine, two alternative counts of aggravated assault for up to 15 years in prison and/or a $30,000 fine, and an additional count of false imprisonment.

According to a police report, Lakota and his girlfriend of four years, who is also the mother of his child, had an argument on November 14th about her potentially leaving him. The report states that following the altercation, Lakota stabbed her and also kicked her in the face several times causing injuries which sent her to the hospital. Lakota was later detained at their place of residence.

If convicted, Lakota faces up to 40 years in prison and or up to $45,000 in fines. He is set to appear back in court on January 18th for a change of plea hearing.