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Sioux City man gets prison term for shooting at deputy

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SIOUX CITY (AP) -

A Sioux City man convicted in August of attempted murder for firing more than a dozen shots at a Woodbury County sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to 25 years in prison -- the maximum he could get.

The Sioux City Journal reports that 25-year-old Melvin Spencer was sentenced Friday in Woodbury County District Court.

Prosecutors say Spencer fired 16 shots at Deputy Mike Lenz on Feb. 26 after a vehicle chase. Lenz wasn't hit, but at least five rounds struck his patrol vehicle.

Lenz returned fire, and Spencer fled on foot while Lenz attended to a passenger in Spencer's vehicle who had been shot and suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Spencer was arrested three hours later when police converged on him.

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