PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre woman was sentenced to spend five years in prison for her guilty plea to Aggravated Assault Against a Law Enforcement Officer. 21-year-old Amada Portillo was arrested on various charges last October after police were told that she was attempting to assault another person with a knife and a scissors. The victim being threatened was able to get away. Authorities said Portillo refused to drop the knife and scissors and officers had to use a taser device to apprehend her. She was indicted on counts that included Aggravated Assault Against a Law Officer, Aggravated and Simple Assault, Resisting Arrest and Sliming. She pleaded guilty to Assaulting an Officer on November 20 and the other counts were dismissed.
At Tuesday’s sentencing, Portillo told Judge John Brown that she is sorry for what she did. He noted that although the recent charges are her first felonies, records show several previous arrests in which she obstructed officers or didn’t comply with authority. Brown gave Portillo credit for 102 days she has already been in jail and ordered that she pay court costs and attorney fees in her case.
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