A Lincoln County judge has sentenced Rachel Coleman to 50 years for assault. The judge suspended 10 of those years. In addition, Coleman was sentenced to five years for the DWI charge; two and a half of those years were suspended. She will serve both sentences consecutively. The judge ordered Coleman's sentence to begin on October 17, 2012, when she first went into court custody.
Coleman must also pay restitution, as well as court costs and repay the cost of a county attorney.
Col. Craig Price, superintendent of the South Dakota Highway Patrol, issued a statement on Coleman's sentencing:
"Now that Rachel Coleman has been sentenced for her crimes, this case will have worked its way through South Dakota's criminal justice system. We are satisfied with that outcome."
"Throughout this process, our attention has been on Trooper Andrew Steen and his family as the courageous trooper recovered from life-threatening injuries and worked his way back to full duty with the Highway Patrol. Andrew returned to full duty on Feb. 4 of this year. We are thankful for his full recovery and pleased that he is back on duty protecting and serving the citizens of South Dakota.''
A hearing is underway at the Lincoln County courthouse Friday, to determine how long Rachel Lee Coleman will spend in prison for running over a South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper.
Coleman pleaded guilty to attacking trooper Andrew Steen with her car back in October 2012.
In court this morning, prosecutors showed car surveillance video from the police chase that led to the accident. KSFY News Reporter Mark Roper is in the courtroom. He says Coleman sat with her head bowed down as the video played.
Steen and members of his family are in the courtroom.
Coleman faces more than 40 years in prison.
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