Watertown SD — Two Watertown men have been sentenced to the South Dakota Penitentiary as a result of their involvement in an aggravated assault involving a firearm and a shower curtain rod. Darren Stanley Clements age 27 and Thomas Christopher Carpenter age 30 were previously arrested and charged with multiple counts of Aggravated Assault with a deadly weapon and Kidnapping as a result of a Watertown Police Department investigation into an incident that happened back on February 10th of this year. The investigation revealed that two victims, one adult male and one adult female, were coaxed to a residence in Watertown by Clements and Carpenter where they were subsequently assaulted over the course of more than an hour. According to witness statements, the male victim was beaten with a shower curtain rod by Clements as the female victim pleaded for the assault to stop. Carpenter then took a Ruger 9MM handgun and ejected a bullet handing it to the female victim and telling her to hold onto it because it, “had her name on it.” Carpenter subsequently placed the loaded firearm on both the forehead of the male and female victims threatening their lives and the lives of their families if the spoke of the assault. According to the Witnesses and the defendant statements, the motive for the assault was Carpenter’s belief that the female victim had referred to him as a, “snitch”. Clements pleaded guilty to Aggravated Assault With A Deadly Weapon which is a class three felony. He also pleaded guilty to Aiding and Abetting Aggravated Assault With A Deadly Weapon which also is a class three felony. Both of which were punishable by up to fifteen years in prison. Clements was sentenced July 27th and received two 15 year sentences with five years suspended on each count, running concurrently. Carpenter also pleaded guilty to Aggravate Assault With A Deadly weapon and Aiding and Abetting Aggravated Assault To Commit Bodily Injury With A Dangerous Weapon, both again class three felonies. Carpenter was sentenced yesterday (August 17, 2016) and received two 15 year sentences with two years suspended on each count running concurrently. A habitual offender enhancement for prior felony convictions was dismissed against both defendants through a plea agreement. The case was prosecuted by the Codington County States Attorney’s Office.