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.
Thursday, April 17 2014 2:42 PM EDT2014-04-17 18:42:22 GMT
It was over drugs, police say. 53-year-old Brenda Lynn Hansen is dead today, murdered by a man she knew, but wasn't romantically involved with, because he wanted her Oxycontin pills. John Richard Senn,More >>
It was over drugs, police say. Brenda Lynn Hansen, 53, is dead, murdered by a man she knew, but wasn't romantically involved with, because he wanted her Oxycontin pills.More >>
Thursday, April 17 2014 12:53 PM EDT2014-04-17 16:53:39 GMT
George Thorogood and the Destroyers and Gary Clark Jr. are set to headline this year's JazzFest. Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues announced the main stage lineup Thursday at the Washington Pavilion. The lineupMore >>
George Thorogood and the Destroyers will team up with Gary Clark Jr. as headliners at the 2014 JazzFest.More >>
Thursday, April 17 2014 10:13 AM EDT2014-04-17 14:13:31 GMT
Two Sheldon residents are behind bars today. An 11 month long joint investigation between the Sheldon Police Department and the Iowa State Fire Marshall's Office into the 05-14-13 fire which destroyedMore >>
An 11 month long joint investigation between the Sheldon Police Department and the Iowa State Fire Marshall's Office into the 05-14-13 fire which destroyed the Buddz's Sports Bar and Grill in Sheldon, Iowa, has resulted in the arrest of two Sheldon residents on charges of arson.More >>
Thursday, April 17 2014 9:54 AM EDT2014-04-17 13:54:39 GMT
Sioux falls has seen its second murder of 2014 and again, the victim is a woman in her 50's. It happened in a home on the 5600 block of Misty Glen Place in southwest Sioux Falls. Neighbors were surprisedMore >>
Sioux Falls has seen its second murder of 2014 and again, the victim is a woman in her 50's.More >>