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Olivia man sentenced to five years on gun charge

OLIVIA – An Olivia man has received a 60-month prison sentence on a felony charge of possessing a firearm after being convicted of a violent crime.

Ricardo Mario Rodriguez, 29, of Olivia, had pleaded guilty to that charge in May. Two other charges, first-degree assault against a peace officer and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, were dismissed at sentencing.

Rodriguez was sentenced Thursday in Renville County District Court. He was given credit for 168 days already served in jail and ordered to begin the five-year sentence at once.

According to court documents, a Renville police officer, a Minnesota State Patrol trooper and deputies from the Renville County Sheriff’s Office were called to a Renville home in late December after a caller asked to have Rodriguez removed from the home.

When they arrived on the scene, Rodriguez was in the garage with the doors locked. When contact was made, a Renville officer told Rodriguez to show his hands. Rodriguez put a small-caliber pistol to his head, documents state.

Rodriguez was ordered to put the gun down, and he allegedly said “shoot me” to the officers, who were trying to reason with him.

At one point, according to court documents, Rodriguez told the Renville police officer, “I will make you shoot me,” and pointed the gun and took a few steps toward the officer.

Numerous attempts to disarm Rodriguez failed, but he did surrender the weapon eventually. After he was arrested, the pistol was found to have been fully loaded with a live round in the chamber.

Rodriguez was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in Texas in March 2011.

Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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