Orange City Man Sentenced to 29 Years

December 22, 2020 1:35pm

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An Orange City man was sentenced Tuesday in Sioux County District Court for several serious crimes.  In a press release, Sioux County Attorney, Thomas Kunstle announced that 28 year-old Arturo Tapia was sentenced in a case that originated in April of 2020. 


At that time, Tapia was originally charged with Attempted Murder after stabbing a female 12 times with a knife in front of her children. Tapia himself was separately stabbed once which stopped his assault. Tapia then fled police driving north from Orange City eventually losing control in a single-vehicle accident. The female suffered life-threatening injuries, having been stabbed 12 times in her head, chest, back, and arms, and was airlifted to a Sioux City hospital. Tapia himself was also airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital for medical treatment. After release from the hospital, Tapia was taken into custody after which he contacted the female victim in violation of a no contact order.


Tapia was found guilty of Assault while Participating in a Felony, Willful Injury Resulting in Serious Injury, Going Armed with Intent, Child Endangerment, Operating without Owner’s Consent, and Operating While Intoxicated, for a total indeterminate term of incarceration of 29 years. Tapia must serve at least 10 years before parole eligibility for using a dangerous weapon, though the mandatory minimum is subject to reduction.