A Mitchell man who pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon involving an officer was sentenced Tuesday to serve 30 days in jail and five years of probation.
Aaron Sudbeck, 25, was seeking a suspended imposition for the class 3 felony charge that occurred on June 9, 2020. Sudbeck faced a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.
"I never meant to harm anybody, and I don't know why I did it," Sudbeck said.
First Circuit Court Judge Chris Giles suspended a 10-year prison sentence, however, he said the severity of the charge led to his decision to deny the suspended imposition. Sudbeck was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.
Before the sentencing at Davison County Public Safety Center, Sudbeck was facing several charges, including a more serious assault against a law enforcement officer’s charge.
According to court documents, Sudbeck was driving a moped while intoxicated in the evening hours of his arrest in early June 2020. After he failed to stop at a stop sign, he fled from officers to his residence, where he allegedly pointed a rifle at an officer in the garage of his home. The rifle was loaded when he pointed the firearm at the officer, court documents state.
Sudbeck’s attorney Doug Dailey made a recommendation that Sudbeck receive a suspended prison sentence and an extended period of probation. Dailey highlighted Sudbeck’s rehabilitation efforts since the charge, noting he is a “hardworking man, who has a big heart.”
"He did something incredibly stupid, but he recognizes it, and he is very sorry. He knows this entire incident could have been way worse," Dailey said. "I’ve been told by his parents that he wouldn’t hurt a fly if it weren’t for alcohol. While it’s unfortunate, at the same time it's been a fortunate incident, because he recognizes now that he can't drink alcohol.”
In closing, Judge Giles stressed how the incident that occurred in early June 2020 could have turned out much worse. Giles said the officer involved in the incident was traumatized from the crime that occurred on the night of his arrest.
"If the officer handled it differently, it could have been much worse. We have an officer who has been traumatized by the incident as well," Giles said.