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Rachel Coleman sentenced to 42 years in prison for attack on state trooper

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Rachel Lee Coleman learned her fate today.

Coleman was sentenced to 42 years behind bars for attacking a South Dakota state trooper with her car in 2012.

It was an emotional day in court for two people and the families who love them.

Coleman sat in court most of the morning with her head down.

It was October 2012 when Coleman took police on a chase across county lines after a failed traffic stop.

The chase ended in Lincoln County, which is where she attacked trooper Andrew Steen with her car.

Coleman was back in Lincoln County Friday, where a judge sentenced her to 42 years in prison for that assault on law enforcement and her fourth DWI.

Lincoln County state's attorney Tom Wollman said "in the proud history of the patrol, aside from those troopers who lay their lives down in the line of duty, I can't think of a series of more severe injuries that have been received or sustained by a trooper, other than this case. Now I'm sure that there are others out there but this would be certainly, in the top five."

South Dakota Highway Patrol captain Alan Welsh said "unfortunately, you just feel like it's a lose, lose, you know.  The family's been through a tough time. Her family is obviously going through a tough time. It's just when these poor decisions are made, there's just serious consequences and they affect everybody, for a lifetime."

Coleman spoke at the end of her sentencing, she says she's sorry, admitted she has an alcohol problem and knows she needs help.

She asked for mercy and for justice.

After the judge read her sentence, she sobbed as it was time for her to be taken away in custody.

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