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July 23, 2013
West Valley man sentenced for assault

A West Valley City man will serve time in jail and on probation for an incident in which he pulled his girlfriend’s hair, hit a man with a bat and tried to evade arrest.

Arturo Ixta-Sierra, 19, was given a suspended sentence of up to five years in prison, as well as sentenced to 120 days in jail and three years of probation in 3rd District Court Tuesday.

On May 4, Ixta-Sierra had burned his girlfriend’s hair with a lighter and then hit a manager at the Wendover Motel 6 on the arm when he tried to intervene in the couple’s fight. When a deputy from the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office arrived, Ixta-Sierra struggled and resisted arrest so violently that the deputy requested backup to help him get the man into the back of the deputy’s patrol vehicle while the officer investigated.

While in the vehicle, Ixta-Sierra continued to struggle and threaten the officers. When transferred to a holding cell in the Wendover Tooele County Substation, he continued to struggle by kicking the doors. He reportedly told officers he had consumed three to four large beers. When transported to the Tooele County Detention Center, he told jail staff he was suicidal and homicidal, and, when transported to Mountain West Medical Center for evaluation, was aggressive to hospital workers and police officers there.

Ixta-Sierra was originally charged on May 8 with two counts of aggravated assault, a third-degree felony; damage to jail, a third-degree felony; interference with arresting officer, a class B misdemeanor; purchase, possession or consumption of alcohol by a minor, a class B misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, an infraction.

He pleaded guilty on May 28 to one count of aggravated assault and interference with arresting officer. The other aggravated assault charge was dismissed, as were the alcohol and disorderly conduct charges. The Tooele County Attorney’s Office declined to prosecute the damage to jails charge.

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