By Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

DENISON, Iowa (AP) - A Minnesota man has been sentenced to five years in prison for shooting at Iowa sheriff’s deputies during a standoff.

The Sioux City Journal says ( ) 46-year-old James Champion, of Mankato, Minnesota, was sentenced last week in Crawford County District Court. Champion pleaded guilty in November to a count of assault on a peace officer with intent to inflict serious injury. In exchange for his plea, more serious charges were dropped.

Crawford County sheriff’s deputies say Champion pointed a rifle at them and threatened to shoot after authorities went to check on him on March 9. Champion later opened a door and fired the rifle once. Lt. Corey Utech returned fire, hitting Champion twice in the torso.

Champion recovered from his injuries. An investigation found Utech’s actions were justified.


Information from: Sioux City Journal,

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