WORTHINGTON — Several years of probation and hundreds of dollars in fines were ordered Thursday for a Rushmore man convicted on a number of criminal cases.
Alejandro "Alex" Vasquez, 24, was arrested last July when it was reported that Vasquez had assaulted another person with a tire iron at Worthington's Freedom Veterans Memorial Park. He was charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon in that case, and later pleaded guilty to the offense.
Vasquez was charged in December with third-degree rioting in an assault that took place at the Ground Round in September. He pleaded guilty to that gross misdemeanor charge.
Fifth Judicial District Judge Sherry Haley sentenced Vasquez on both cases Thursday.
For the park assault, Vasquez was sentenced to 15 months in prison with a stay of execution in favor of five years of supervised probation. In lieu of prison time, he will serve 130 days in local jail, with credit for 10 days previously served. Vasquez will serve the jail time in 30-day increments, once each year from 2022 to 2026.
Haley also ordered him to pay a $1,000 fine.
In the Ground Round riot, Haley sentenced Vasquez to 360 days in local jail, with a stay of execution in favor of three years of supervised probation. He is to pay a $200 fine in this case, and one of the conditions of probation is that he is to have no contact with any of the victims.
Vasquez was also convicted on two lesser felony cases and received a stay of imposition on each, meaning Haley did not impose a prison sentence but ordered three years of supervised probation and a $200 fine for each case. A fifth criminal case was dismissed entirely as part of the plea agreement.
Each of the probation terms will be served concurrently, and Vasquez may perform community work service to pay off the fines.