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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of South Dakota

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Brendan V. Johnson
, United States Attorney
Contact: Ace Crawford

Cherry Creek Man Sentenced for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Cherry Creek, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon was sentenced on December 15, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Kelly Romero, age 27, was sentenced to 14 months in custody, 18 months of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Romero was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 17, 2013. He pled guilty on September 22, 2014.

The conviction stems from an incident on May 16, 2013, when the victim returned to his home in Cherry Creek, after a day of shopping for items for his grandmother’s “Memorial Give Away.” At that point, Romero, who had been drinking, got into an argument with the victim, who is Romero’s brother. During the argument, Romero picked up and pointed a sawed-off shotgun at his brother, telling the victim to get out of the house or Romero would shoot him. This case was investigated by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mikal Hanson prosecuted the case.

Romero was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

St. Paul Field Division