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Franklin man sentenced for making violent threats

A Franklin man, Luis Yonatan Marquez, was sentenced in Redwood County District Court for making violent threats during an incident last September.

According to court records, during the afternoon of Sept. 21, a Lower Sioux Tribal Police Department officer was waved down by a male on Reservation Highway 1. The man was holding an ice pack against his left cheek, and the officer noted swelling and red marks on the man’s face.

The man claimed that Luis Tonatan Marquez, age 24, had come to his residence earlier in the day. During the visit, the two got into a fight in front of the victim’s daughter. The victim stated that as Marquez was leaving, he had said, “The next time it could be a bullet.” One witness testified he had seen the fight and heard Marquez make the threat.

When the Lower Sioux Tribal Police Department made contact with Marquez in Franklin, he denied having been at the victim’s residence or getting into a fight, although the police officer noted red spots on Marquez’s hands and face suggestive of fighting.

On Feb. 7, Luis Yonaton Marquez was sentenced for felony threats of violence to 365 days local confinement, stayed 355 days for two years with three days credit for time served, two years supervised probation, and fees and fines of $385.

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