FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : Tuesday, May 15, 2012
CONTACT: Sara Rabern, (605) 773-3215
Ft. Pierre Man Enters Guilty Plea in Stanley County Shooting Case
PIERRE, S.D.- Attorney General Marty Jackley and Stanley County States Attorney Thomas Maher announced today that Ronald Lee Berens Jr. 39, Ft. Pierre, entered a plea of guilty today to one count of aggravated assault. This offense is a class 3 felony, punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment and/or a $30,000 fine. Berens also admitted to a Part II Information for Habitual Offender exposing him to an elevated sentence of 25 year incarceration and a $50,000 fine. Charges stem from an incident that occurred on April 29, 2012, when an argument between Berens and his girlfriend escalated and resulted in Berens discharging a firearm at the victim as she fled the residence.
Sentencing is scheduled for June 26, 2012 in Stanley County.