Mitchell man pleads guilty to assault with a deadly weapon charge

Man had pointed loaded rifle at police officer

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A Mitchell man has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon connected to a June incident.

As part of a plea agreement, Aaron Sudbeck, 25, admitted to one count of assault with a deadly weapon. The charge is a Class 3 felony, which carries a maximum penalty of up to 15 years in the state penitentiary and $30,000 in fines.

Prior to Tuesday’s change of plea hearing at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell, Sudbeck was facing numerous charges, including a more severe aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer charge.

According to court documents, Sudbeck allegedly ran into his residence and pointed a rifle at an officer who was looking into the garage in which Sudbeck was standing in. The rifle was loaded with two rounds in the magazine and one round in the chamber, threatening a Mitchell Police Division officer.

Police officers had followed him after seeing Sudbeck at a Mitchell bar and then later on his moped, with which he had blown through a stop sign and drove on the wrong side of the street, according to officers’ affidavits.


Sudbeck’s attorney, Doug Dailey, made a recommendation that Sudbeck receive a suspended prison sentence and an extended period of probation.

Sentencing in the matter is scheduled for Jan. 5, 2021. A pre-sentence investigation has been ordered by Judge Chris Giles prior to a sentencing decision.

Traxler is the assistant editor and sports editor for the Mitchell Republic. He's worked for the newspaper since 2014 and has covered a wide variety of topics. He can be reached at
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