Rapid City man found guilty of trying to hire hit on doctor

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KBHB) – A jury has found a Rapid City man guilty of attempting to hire someone to kill a doctor that treated his late wife.

After jury deliberations Thursday, the verdict came in finding William Thoman guilty of soliciting and aiding and abetting first degree murder.

Prosecutors allege Thoman asked a colleague for the name of a hit man to murder a local doctor. Thoman allegedly blamed that doctor for his wife’s death. They also say Thoman also asked that same colleague to get him a gun that he could use to commit the crime.

The verdict ends just over three days of testimony in the case.

Thoman will be sentenced on September 20. He faces up to 50 years in prison.

Thoman is still awaiting a second trial on similar charges involving a colleague and judge.