Local man gets 25 years for stabbing

Orozco jumped guest in his home

Pedro Orozco, 43, of Sioux Rapids, was sentenced to a prison term of up to 25 years for stabbing a man last summer.

Orozco was transported to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Oakdale on Nov. 17 and was placed in the custody of the Director of the Iowa Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to going armed with intent, a class D felony; willful injury causing serious injury with a dangerous weapon, a class C felony; manufacturing marijuana, a class D felony; and drug tax stamp violation, a class D felony.

Orozco was arrested by the Buena Vista Sheriff’s Office on July 10 after stabbing Chayton Quail, 19, of Spencer, multiple times with a fillet knife.

According to Buena Vista County Sheriff’s reports, Quail and a co-worker were invited to Orozco’s residence on the night of July 9. Upon entering the house, Quail went to the second floor where Orozco sprang out from behind a door and stabbed Quail repeatedly. Quail managed to escape the attack and was life-lighted to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls with life-threatening injuries. Orozco fled the scene and an arrest warrant was issued. Authorities a day later in Sibley apprehended him.

Upon executing a search warrant at Orozco’s residence for the stabbing crime, the Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Office observed two marijuana plants in the home.

Orozco was then charged with manufacture, deliver, or possess with intent to manufacture or deliver marijuana, a class D felony, and failure to affix drug tax stamp, a class D felony.

The terms of incarceration for the stabbing and the drug charges will run consecutive to one another, totaling 25 years. Orozco also was ordered to pay over $5,000 in fines, surcharges, court costs, and civil penalties, and will be responsible for restitution owed to the victim and the Iowa Crime Victim Assistance Program. The defendant was also ordered to submit a DNA sample for DNA profiling. Due to the nature of the crime, Orozco is not eligible for bond on appeal.

 Judge David Lester resided over the sentencing hearing. The State of Iowa appeared by Dave Patton, BV County Attorney. Andrew J. Smith of Storm Lake represented Orozco.