- Associated Press - Saturday, August 29, 2015

KIMBALL, S.D. (AP) - A Kimball man accused of aiding his son in a standoff with police that lasted more than a day has been released from jail.

A Brule County judge this week approved Michael London’s release from jail after concluding he is not a flight risk and is not a threat to the community. The 66-year-old Chamberlain man was charged with two counts of aiding an aggravated assault in January, the Mitchell Daily Republic reports (https://bit.ly/1hn9eD7 ).

In January, prosecutors said police had received reports that Donald London planned to kill the Chamberlain police chief. They said when officers came to Michael London’s home he went to warn his son, Donald London, that police were looking for him.

Throughout the standoff, more than 100 rounds were fired from within the Kimball home, according to investigation from Attorney General Marty Jackley’s office. In the course of the gunfire, Donald London allegedly shot a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper, who suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Authorities eventually arrested the two men.

The Brule County prosecutor charged Donald London, 42, with two counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and two counts of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer.

On Wednesday, a Brule County judge approved a request for modified bond conditions for Michael London because he is a long-term resident of Brule County, a former law enforcement officer, an elderly man “in very poor health requiring oxygen” and requires many medications for a variety of serious medical conditions.

Michael London’s previous bond was set at $50,000, but he will now be allowed to leave prison for free if he complies with court orders after his release.

State officials disputed the move to release Michael London.

In an 11-page response, the state argued that “given the severity of the crimes charged, the atrocity of the circumstances of this case, and the danger that a reduction presents to this community, bond should remain as set.”

Donald London will remain in custody. Dates for a jury trial will not be set until an investigation has been completed to determine Donald London’s mental condition, Brule County State’s Attorney Dave Natvig said.


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

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