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Prosecutors react to Rachel Lee Coleman's guilty plea

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Justice Friday for a South Dakota state trooper.

Rachel Lee Coleman pleaded guilty to attacking trooper Andrew Steen with her car back in October 2012.

Coleman made a plea bargain with the prosecution to two out of ten counts.

She now faces four decades in prison.

As you know this has been a lengthy case but they seem satisfied with the outcome Friday.

Of course, it's not over yet as Coleman still faces sentencing in March.

But for now, they believe justice was served.

Justice for South Dakota state trooper Andrew Steen has been a long time coming.

Minnehaha County State's Attorney Aaron McGowan said "these complicated cases are always a lengthy process, so this is one step closer towards bringing this case to finality."

It was back in October, 2012 when Rachel Lee Coleman took police on a chase through the streets of Sioux Falls before she struck Steen with her car.

He suffered a brain injury and a broken ankle.

More than a year later, Coleman strikes a plea bargain with the prosecution.

Neither Trooper Steen nor anyone from his family was present in court to hear her guilty plea  but prosecutors generally meet with the victim before making a deal.

Lincoln County State's Attorney Tom Wollman said "without commenting on this particular case, that's normally how we operate. We discuss with the victim, as well as the defense counsel and ultimately we arrived at what we believe are fair terms."

And another term is, how much the state expects Coleman to pay in restitution. But right now, Coleman faces up to 42-1/2 years in prison. And the judge will consider the details of what led to Coleman's attack on Trooper Steen in deciding her fate.

"A pre-sentencing investigation is standard in the vast majority of felony offenses so that would be standard that the court would want a complete picture before engaging in the sentencing. The DWI 4th was obviously a part of the same incident and part of the aggravated assault as well," McGowan said.

When the judge asked Coleman about what happened the night she struck Trooper Steen with her car, she says she couldn't recall.

And while Coleman may not remember, the early morning hours of October 17, 2012 is one Trooper Andrew Steen will likely not forget.

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