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50 years in prison for shooting 63 rounds at officers

June 18, 2020 GMT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a Rapid City man to 50 years in prison for repeatedly shooting at law enforcement officers during a four-hour standoff on New Year’s Day 2019.

Judge Robert Gusinsky said Wednesday in Pennington County Court that “by the grace of God” no one died when 63 rounds were fired by Jordan Wounded Face.

Guskinsky acknowledged that Wounded Face needs mental health treatment for his schizophrenia, but that he’s not confident he can be rehabilitated since he already completed or dropped out of several rounds of intensive mental health and substance abuse treatment.

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Wounded Face “does deserve to get help” but “that can’t be at the expense of the safety of the citizens in this community,” said prosecutor Stacy Wickre.

He made “very dangerous choices” during the standoff that didn’t have anything to do with his schizophrenia, Wickre said.

The Rapid City Journal says he faced 80 years in prison after pleading guilty but mentally ill in February to two counts of aggravated assault against law enforcement and two counts of firing at a motorcycle.

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