Brookings man pleads “no contest” in aggravated assault of 4-month old

A Brookings man pleads no contest to the aggravated assault of a four-month old child.

Twenty-seven-year-old Hector Munoz now stands convicted of the assault that left the little girl with a broken arm and a skull fracture. A second count of aggravated assault was dismissed as part of a plea deal. In addition, the State agreed to defer to the Judge for sentencing.

States Attorney Dan Nelson says the Brookings community is safer now that Munoz has been convicted. He says the Judge will have full discretion on what the appropriate punishment should be and Munoz will be held accountable for his actions.

Aggravated assault is a Class 3 felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison and/or a $30,000 fine.

A pre-sentence investigation was ordered and Munoz will be sentenced on August 8th.


by Perry Miller

July 8, 2020