A Rapid City jury convicted a man of beating his girlfriend with a glass candlestick on New Year's Day last year.
Luke Elk Nation was found guilty of aggravated assault.
That carries a maximum punishment of 40 years in prison for the beating that left scars that will be visible the rest of her life.
She testified that Elk Nation struck her with a glass candlestick holder, broke a lamp over her head and repeatedly kicked and hit her.
Jurors also convicted Elk Nation of possession of a controlled substance for the methamphetamine found in the South Dakota Rose Motel room where they were staying.
The jury was deadlocked on a kidnapping charge over allegations that he held her in the room against her will.
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