SIOUX CITY, Iowa — 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.


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