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Man sentenced to 30 years for charging officers with knives

December 17, 2019 GMT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Sioux Falls man who was shot by law enforcement after charging at them with knives outside of a jail earlier this year will spend decades in prison.

George Rinzy Jr., 44, was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in the state penitentiary. Rinzy was shot by law enforcement outside the Minnehaha County Jail after causing a disturbance at the jail in May.

Rinzy pleaded guilty but mentally ill last month to three counts of aggravated assault against law enforcement.

Retired Brookings County Judge Timothy Tucker sentenced Rinzy to 30 years on each count, to run concurrently. Rinzy was given credit for the 207 days he’s already spent in jail, the Argus Leader reported.

The judge told Rinzy that he was empathetic to Rinzy’s mental illness, but that Rinzy’s conduct was “highly dangerous.”

Prosecutor Mandi Mowery said Rinzy’s actions were a risk to the public, adding that the incident happened in the parking lot of a public building in the middle of a business day.

Rinzy had alcohol and methamphetamine in his system that day, Mowery said.

Deputy Craig Olson, who fired twice at Rinzy, said he and other law officers train and talk about the possibility of events that would force them to respond with lethal force.

“We hope we never have to,” Olson aid . “You charged at me in an aggressive manner. I did not want you to harm anyone.” South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg later said Olson’s actions were justified.

Rinzy apologized to law enforcement and their families.