- Associated Press - Monday, January 16, 2017

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (AP) - A rural Kimball man accused of shooting a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper two years ago is expected to plead guilty but mentally ill.

Trial was to start Tuesday for Donald London, 44, but it’s been canceled in anticipation of London’s new plea, The Daily Republic newspaper reported (http://bit.ly/2jQbN2q ). London’s attorney, Tim Whalen, confirmed the defense is contemplating a guilty but mentally ill plea.

London earlier pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges including attempted murder in the January 2015 shooting of Patrol Sgt. John Koenig, who recovered.

The charges against London carry a maximum punishment of 125 years in prison. A defendant who pleads or is found guilty but mentally ill may receive the same sentence, but the defendant might serve some or all of the time in a psychiatric treatment facility rather than in prison.

Attorney General’s Office spokeswoman Sara Rabern said a plea agreement will be brought forth at a change of plea hearing scheduled for Jan. 25, but she declined to provide details.

The January 2015 standoff at the London family farm outside began after London allegedly made threats against Chamberlain police officers. It lasted more than a day and eventually involved 130 law enforcement officers. Authorities said 100 shots were fired, but only about a dozen were fired by police.

Donald London’s 67-year-old father, Michael London, had been accused of aiding in the alleged assault of Koenig before he died in October 2015.

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Information from: The Daily Republic, http://www.mitchellrepublic.com

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