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Man convicted of obstruction of an officer receives five-year sentence, mental health treatment
Steven Areizaga
Steven Areizaga

A man convicted of trying to strike a correctional officer was given a five-year sentence with mental health treatment, according to court officials.

Steven Areizaga was found guilty Tuesday, Feb. 12, on both counts of an August 2017 indictment alleging both felony and misdemeanor obstruction of an officer.

Areizaga’s attorney Dan Sammons did not return a request for comment.

Assistant District Attorney Kelley Robertson said the sentence was “five years with one (year) to serve (in custody) with mental health treatment.”

Areizaga was accused in the indictment of attempting to strike a correctional officer, Hyeong Yun “in the head using (his) right elbow,” according to the indictment.

Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh filed an order Wednesday, Feb. 13, to dismiss charges of aggravated assault and aggravated battery against Areizaga in a separate case.

The indictment alleged Areizaga assaulted inmate Eric Robertson in the jail with a razor blade in September 2016.

Darragh said he believed the state “would not be able to prove the guilt of the defendant beyond a reasonable doubt” and that the fight “was not witnessed by anyone other than the defendant and Mr. Robertson.”

Areizaga has one case pending that was investigated by Oakwood Police, where he is accused of rape, aggravated sodomy, kidnapping and other charges.

Robertson said the case may come up on the judge’s calendar in the coming months.


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