Man sentenced to 25 years for threatening police with knife
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A man who was shot after he threatened two Rapid City police officers with a butcher knife is going to prison on a 25-year sentence.
Elijah White Magpie earlier pleaded guilty but mentally ill to two counts of aggravated assault on a law officer.
Judge Janine Kern sentenced the 21-year-old Tuesday, saying he's dangerous and unpredictable when he doesn't take his medication.
State's Attorney Mark Vargo says officer Jerry Moore shot White Magpie as he attacked officer Marc Black with a large kitchen knife, and the blade came within three inches of Black's throat.
Authorities say White Magpie had been using alcohol and marijuana before he threw a rock through a window at the public library, shattered a window in a parked van, threatened one officer and attacked the other.