Man gets 70 years in prison for shooting at Rapid City police - KOTA Territory News

Man gets 70 years in prison for shooting at Rapid City police officer


He was a wanted man, on drugs and suicidal when he led police on a high speed chase through Rapid City almost a year ago.
Friday, he received a 70 year prison sentence for shooting at a responding police officer.

James Baker, 42,  pled guilty to three counts of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony as part of a plea deal with the state.

Baker's mother pleaded with Judge Jeff Davis for a reduced sentence, while his ex-wife was almost escorted out of the courtroom for disrupting testimony.

Former officer Michael Frybarger, who was involved in the January shootout,  said he believes the 70 year plea deal was far less than Baker deserved for attempting to kill him. Frybarger has since left the Police Department.

Baker's defense attorney Tim Rensch says he was on meth and attempting to commit suicide by cop by shooting at the officer.
Baker must serve at least 50 percent of his sentence before he's eligible for parole.

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