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SIOUX CITY -- One of two men accused of forcing their way into a Sioux City house and pistol whipping a man has pleaded not guilty.

Austin Rockwood, 19, of Sioux City, entered his written plea Thursday in Woodbury County District Court to first-degree burglary and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to court documents, Rockwood and Jamaal Ferguson saw the victim, who they have an ongoing disagreement with, and his friends enter a house in the 600 block of Center Street on Feb. 15.

Ferguson and Rockwood forced their way into the house and hit the victim with a firearm and kicked him in the head. The victim suffered injuries to his face, court documents said.

Ferguson, 19, is charged with first-degree burglary and being a felon in possession of a firearm. His arraignment is scheduled for March 13.

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