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Honduran Man Faces Up To Five Years In Prison After Guilty Verdict On Hull Felony Assault Charge

gavel_sxcOrange City, Iowa — A man from Honduras faces up to five years in prison after he was found guilty of a felony assault charge for an attack that happened in Hull earlier this year.

Sioux County Attorney Coleman McAllister says that following a three-day trial, a Sioux County Jury has convicted 32-year-old Norman Arturo Garay-Boquin of the crime of Assault Causing Serious Injury, a Class D Felony.

On June 15, 2013 at 10:16 PM, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call requesting that an ambulance and a deputy respond to 805 Chestnut Drive in Hull. McAllister says Hull EMT’s and a Sioux County Deputy arrived within minutes to find a 47-year-old Hull man, unconscious, face down in a pool of blood. The victim was taken to the Sioux Center Hospital by ambulance and later airlifted to Sioux Falls with serious facial injuries.

Further investigation revealed that Garay-Boquin was responsible for severely beating the victim with his fist. Garay-Boquin fled the scene but was arrested by Sioux County Deputies a short time later at a traffic stop north of Orange City. At the time of his arrest Garay-Boquin gave officers a false name. They found out his true identity when his fingerprints were run through a federal database by the Sioux County Jail. Jail authorities also discovered there was an active arrest warrant for Garay-Boquin’s arrest for a federal probation violation on a charge of Illegal Re-Entry. Garay-Boquin is a native of Honduras, who has been previously deported by federal immigration authorities in 2002, 2005, 2007 and 2011.

Sentencing is set for October 25, 2013. Garay-Boquin is facing a maximum sentence of five years in prison and/or a fine not to exceed $7,500.

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