One of two men charged in a string of vehicle thefts in the Pierre area has pleaded not guilty.
19-year-old James Cowman faces charges of grand theft, possession of stolen property and intentional damage. He could face up to 35 years in prison if convicted.
Cowman and 18-year-old Robert Larson are accused of stealing at least six vehicles in Pierre, Fort Pierre and Hughes County earlier this month. Authorities say most of the vehicles were damaged and one was destroyed.
Larson is due in court on Feb. 12 on charges of grand theft, drunken driving, possession of a stolen vehicle, aggravated eluding, obstructing and resisting arrest.