Man who shot boy with pellet gun gets prison time

Published 3:58 pm Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Rochester man previously convicted of shooting a 13-year-old boy with a pellet gun has been sent to prison after violating his probation.

Charles Wesley Sarmiento, 23, was found guilty Monday for violating his probation and has been sentenced to one year and one day — with 102 days credited for time already served — at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud.

Court records said he failed to report to his probation agent as directed, did not inform his probation agent prior to changing his address and failed to obey laws.

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Court records did not specify which laws he disobeyed while on probation.

Sarmiento was convicted of felony dangerous weapon discharging a firearm in 2008 after shooting the boy with a pellet gun and damaging an Austin apartment foyer window.

At the time of the initial incident, the boy was getting off the school bus and walking towards the apartment complex when Sarmiento shot him in the hand with the pellet gun. The injury did not break the skin, but – according to the criminal complaint – it did cause the boy pain.

At the time of the incident, Sarmiento admitted both to shooting the boy and to shooting the foyer window and causing it to shatter. The damage to the window was $2,500.