Two men sentenced in Lake County for high-speed chase that included shots fire at law enforcement

Two men are sentenced to prison in Lake County for their roles in a high-speed chase that included shots fired at law enforcement.

Forty-year-old James Lanpher, Jr. of Sioux Falls and 45-year-old Bonner Juel of Harrisburg were sentenced Wednesday in Madison.

Lanpher, Jr. pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and admitted being a habitual offender. He was sentenced to life in prison on each count, to be served at the same time.

Juel pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer and one count of ingestion of a controlled substance. He was given 25 years in prison, with five years suspended.

The incident occurred in July of last year when the Highway Patrol attempted to make a traffic stop in Minnehaha County on a vehicle driven by Lanpher, Jr. Juel was the passenger.

The vehicle did not stop, and the pursuit went through Colman and then Madison. During the pursuit, Lanpher, Jr. fired a rifle at law enforcement. The chase ended at Madison. Lanpher, Jr. was later arrested after a foot pursuit.


June 15, 2023