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A Rapid City man accused of shooting at four people while they were in a vehicle in March pleaded not guilty Tuesday by reason of insanity.

Dwight Quigley, age 28, was brought from jail for his arraignment at the Pennington County Courthouse.

Quigley is charged with four counts of attempted first-degree murder, four alternative counts of aggravated assault, and four counts of commission of a felony with a firearm. Each count of the most severe charge, attempted first-degree murder, is punishable by a maximum of 25 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

Quigley’s attorney, Conor Duffy, entered pleas of not guilty by reason of insanity on Quigley’s behalf. There was no discussion of the pleas during Tuesday's arraignment, but the case's public court file includes an April 4 letter from Quigley to a judge in which Quigley referenced a personal history of psychiatric problems.

“My visual and audio hallucinations have been very bad lately since around last summer, and I need to be put back on my psych meds or even stronger ones,” Quigley wrote.

In the letter, Quigley asked the judge to set a bail amount, but that request was denied last month.

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An affidavit filed in the case by a Rapid City police detective alleges that Quigley confessed his involvement in the shooting to two relatives. The shooting happened at about 9:45 p.m. March 29 in the area of 210 Columbus St., near downtown Rapid City.

According to the affidavit, a .223-caliber rifle was used to shoot at the vehicle. At least two of the victims in the vehicle suffered gunshot wounds, and the other two victims suffered shrapnel wounds and injuries after the driver lost control and the vehicle crashed into a pole.

The victims were identified Tuesday in court as Sandor Iron Rope, Geraldine Iron Rope, Nicholas Iron Rope and Tiffany Toney.

At the conclusion of Tuesday’s arraignment, Judge Heidi Linngren scheduled a status hearing in the case for next month.

Contact Seth Tupper at seth.tupper@rapidcityjournal.com

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