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Friday, September 18, 2015

Winnebago Man Sentenced For Shots Fired At A House and Parked Car

United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that Roman Perales, age 17, was sentenced upon his conviction for assault with intent to damage real or personal property.  Senior United States District Court Judge Lyle E. Strom sentenced Perales to 41 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release.  Perales was further ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $780 for damage done to a vehicle.  Although Perales is only 17 years of age, the United States was successful in having him treated as an adult due to the nature of the crime.  Perales will be transferred to an adult correctional facility once he turns 18.

On September 22, 2014, a Winnebago resident drove to the Winnebago Police Station to report that someone had fired shots towards his residence and a vehicle parked in the driveway.  The defendant was identified as a suspect because of a prior dispute the defendant had with an occupant of the residence. The defendant’s girlfriend told police that the defendant had told her he was going to do something to get even for an earlier assault against him. Another friend of the defendant told police that the defendant said he was going to shoot up the resident’s car.  The defendant even boasted on Facebook that he was going to get revenge utilizing a Glock handgun.

Numerous shell casings were found on a hill behind the residence which would fit into a 9mm Glock.  The investigation revealed that the vehicle in the driveway on the side of the home was struck numerous times by bullets.  The homeowner and his family were inside the home at the time of the shooting and a bullet entered the home near where the homeowner’s family was sitting.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

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