SIOUX CITY | A South Sioux City man was sentenced Thursday to 60 days in jail and five years probation for stabbing another man at a Sioux City restaurant.
Osvaldo Gutierrez, 20, pleaded guilty in Woodbury County District Court to charges of felony assault causing serious injury and misdemeanor going armed with a knife.
Gutierrez faced a maximum sentence of seven years in prison. District Judge Steven Andreasen suspended a five-year prison sentence on the assault charge and sentenced Gutierrez to one year in jail on the knife charge, suspending all but 60 days of the sentence. Gutierrez must report to the Woodbury County Jail on Friday to serve his sentence. Andreasen said he would be eligible for work release.
Gutierrez must pay $23,358 in restitution to the Iowa Crime Victims Assistance Program for medical costs for the victim, Riggoberto Arreola-Gomez.
Andreasen said he determined the sentence based, in part, on Gutierrez' lack of a criminal record and his steady employment history. Gutierrez also will be able to continue to work to pay off the restitution and other legal costs and fees, the judge said.
Gutierrez stabbed Arreola-Gomez during an April 2 fight in the restroom at La Hacienda bar and restaurant, 1100 Stuben St. During the fight, Gutierrez stabbed Arreola-Gomez once in the chest and once in the abdomen, causing a collapsed diaphragm that required surgery.