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Matthew Tornquist: Life Without Parole

Victoria Wicks
From left, Matt Brown, Pat West, and Marty Jackley

Matthew Tornquist was sentenced Tuesday in Hot Springs for killing his mother, Catherine Tornquist, in October 2011. Life and death are the only two sentences available for first-degree murder in this state. Tornquist did not face the death penalty, and so life in prison without parole was the judge’s only option. After the sentence was delivered, SDPB’s Victoria Wicks reviewed the case with prosecutors and an investigator.

Rapid City freelancer Victoria L. Wicks has been producing news for SDPB since August 2007. She Retired from this position in March 2023.
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