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50 years in prison for man convicted of shooting at deputy

Cruz Louis DeLeon was shot and wounded by Pennington County Sheriff's Office Deputy Jakob...
Cruz Louis DeLeon was shot and wounded by Pennington County Sheriff's Office Deputy Jakob Whittle July 31 at a Box Elder home. (KOTA)
Published: Dec. 2, 2020 at 10:11 AM CST
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RAPID CITY, S.D. - A Rapid City man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for shooting at a Pennington County sheriff’s deputy in an exchange of gunfire in 2017.

Cruz DeLeon earlier pleaded guilty to attempted murder and committing a felony while armed with a gun.

Deputy Jakob Whittle was at a Box Elder home to serve a warrant when he approached DeLeon who was sitting in a car. Prosecutors say DeLeon refused Whittle’s commands to get out of the vehicle and then pointed a gun at him. Whittle stepped back and fired twice, hitting DeLeon once in the arm. DeLeon also fired two rounds but did not hit Whittle.

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