UPDATE: Newly-released inmate in Mobridge slaying case to live in Sioux Falls

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Published: Jul. 11, 2019 at 9:41 AM CDT
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UPDATE, July 12:

Authorities say the newly-released inmate who was serving time for killing a woman in 1980 in north central South Dakota will live in the Sioux Falls area.

Fifty-four-year-old Nicholas Scherr of Mobridge was released Thursday. Department of Corrections spokesperson Mandy Nielsen tells KSFY News he will live in Sioux Falls.

Scherr was serving time for the 1980 death of Candace Rough Surface. He had served 23 years of his 100-year sentence.


Original story:

A man who was serving prison time for raping and killing a South Dakota woman in 1980 has been freed from prison.

Fifty-four-year-old Nicholas Scherr of Mobridge was released Thursday, according to the South Dakota Department of Corrections.

Scherr was 15 when he and his 16-year-old cousin, James Stroh, met Candace Rough Surface in Mobridge. Prosecutors say the boys dragged her into a field and raped her before Scherr shot her five times.

The case was solved in 1995 when Stroh's former mother-in-law told authorities about how Stroh and Scherr raped and killed the woman.

Scherr pleaded guilty to fatally shooting Rough Surface, and was sentenced to 100 years in prison. He was granted parole in April, after serving 23 years of the sentence.

Rough Surface was 18 years old when she was killed, and had a two-year-old child at the time. That child, Homer Eagle,

he was distressed to learn Scherr was granted parole.