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Suspect in February standoff in Bismarck sentenced to 2 years

Cayetano Coyazo

BiSMARCK — A man facing three felony terrorizing charges in a February standoff in Bismarck was sentenced to serve two years in prison after admitting Thursday, July 11, that his actions went too far and changing his pleas to guilty.

Cayetano Coyazo, 26, told South Central District Judge Douglas Bahr that he’d been drinking and was under the influence of drugs when he hit a friend and put her in a closet. She escaped and called 911, and Coyazo made threats to law enforcement officers when they arrived at the scene.

“I never meant for it to go this far,” Coyazo said. “I do take responsibility as a man.”

Police said that during the February incident, Coyazo wrapped his hand in a towel, giving the appearance of a gun, and raised it in a shooting position toward police in the hallway of the apartment building. He retreated to the apartment and refused to surrender, telling police he had machine guns, rocket launchers and other weapons. The West Dakota SWAT team responded and found Coyazo in a back bedroom.

Coyazo told Bahr he had read the police affidavit and agreed with it. Bahr accepted the plea agreement reached by defense attorney Todd Ewell and Burleigh County Assistant State’s Attorney Karlei Neufeld but modified it slightly. He sentenced Coyazo to five years in prison on the first terrorizing charge, with all but two years suspended. Sentences of five years on the other terrorizing charges were suspended, as was a 360-day sentence for misdemeanor simple assault.

Coyazo was given credit for 138 days served and must spend two years on probation after his prison time. Bahr also ordered him to undergo chemical and psychological evaluation and treatment.

“I hope the treatment assists you,” Bahr said.