Slader pleads guilty to aggravated assault by David Lias A man who held a Vermillion woman hostage last September before being subdued by police pleaded guilty to aggravated assault Nov. 25.
Jared D. Slader, 18, of Eagle Butte, admitted to one count of aggravated assault before Circuit Court Judge Arthur Rusch in the Clay County Courthouse.
Aggravated assault is a Class 3 felony. It carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in the state penitentiary and up to a $15,000 fine and other court costs.
Slader was indicted by a Clay County grand jury Oct. 4 of two counts of aggravated assault and one count of kidnapping.
Slader agreed to a plea bargain that dropped the kidnapping and one aggravated assault charge in exchange for his guilty plea Nov. 25.
Slader held a 20-year-old woman at knifepoint at approximately 6 a.m. Sept. 18 at 720 Lincoln Street.
Officers with the Vermillion Police Department, the Clay County Sheriff's Department and the USD Department of Public Safety responded.
After negotiated for more than an hour with Slader, he freed his hostage. He then became agitated, however, and brandished a knife and large rock.
Police subdued Slader by using less-lethal force, firing bean bag rounds of lead pellets surrounded by soft material.
The less-lethal force is painful, and designed to incapacitate an individual without seriously injuring him or her.
Rusch granted Clay County State's Attorney Tami Bern's request for a pre-sentence investigation.
After the report is complete, which could take approximately four weeks, Slader will be sentenced.