- 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 (https://bit.ly/2hmuEUy ) 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.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, https://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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