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Mission Man Sentenced For Assault With A Dangerous Weapon

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Mission, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon was sentenced on July 28, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Rigoberto Ortiz, age 45, was sentenced to 84 months in custody, a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund, and forfeiture of a .45 caliber Glock.

Ortiz was indicted by a federal grand jury on February 12, 2014, for First Degree Burglary, Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Use of a Firearm During a Crime of Violence, and Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance.  He pled guilty to Assault with a Dangerous Weapon on May 13, 2014.

The conviction arose from a December 2013 incident when Ortiz went to the house where the two victims were present, proceeded to pound and kick at the door, and then fired a shot outside the house.  The Defendant later returned to the residence, where he again pounded and kicked at the door and then fired a second shot.  After forcing the door open, Ortiz entered the residence and held his weapon to the first victim’s neck/throat and then to the second victim’s forehead.

The investigation was conducted by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S Attorney Jay Miller.

Ortiz was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service to begin serving his sentence.

Updated June 22, 2015