Ammon man who threatened group with AK-47 sentenced
An Ammon man who threatened a group with a gun and chased them was sentenced to a rider program Monday.
Dalton Michael Black, 19, was arrested in March on three counts of aggravated assault. The incident occurred when a group was collecting personal belongings at Black’s apartment when he became angry, pulled out an AK-47 rifle and pointed it at the victims.
The group drove away and Black followed until they reached a gas station where Black made more threats. One of the victims spoke to Black and left with him. Black was later arrested at his residence.
Black agreed to plead guilty to one count of aggravated assault in exchange for the Bonneville County Prosecutor’s Office dropping the other counts.
Defense Attorney Paul Ziel said his client had been compliant since he was released from jail and would be motivated to keep his job if given probation. He said Black was also considering anger management.
“I think that for someone who is so young ... to go straight to a rider is a bit extreme,” Ziel said.
Bonneville County Deputy Prosecutor Tanner Crowther said Black eventually told the truth after lying to police, but that the offense was too serious for probation.
Black gave a brief statement saying he was working to build up a support system to help him succeed and avoid repeating his mistakes.
District Judge Joel Tingey said he was concerned about how close the situation came to being deadly.
“Mr. Black, we’re just an eyelash away from another senseless shooting,” Tingey said.
Black was given an underlying sentence of one-and-a-half to four years in prison.
A rider program, also known as retained jurisdiction, is a six-month to year-long treatment program in prison. If Black succeeds in the treatment available on the rider program, he can avoid the underlying sentence. Tingey can apply the sentence if Black fails, or even if Black succeeds.