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Suspect in Fairfax shootout sentenced to 25 years

BURKE -- One of two suspects in an August shootout and high-speed chase with law enforcement near Fairfax was sentenced to 25 years in prison earlier this month.

BURKE - One of two suspects in an August shootout and high-speed chase with law enforcement near Fairfax was sentenced to 25 years in prison earlier this month.

Samantha Lane, 29, of Sioux Falls, was sentenced on March 15 to spend 25 years in the state penitentiary after pleading guilty to possession of methamphetamine, ingestion of a controlled substance, committing a felony while carrying a firearm and possessing a firearm after a violent crime conviction in February, court documents state.

Lane was arrested on Aug. 22 after a nearly hour-long vehicle chase with three Gregory County deputies that reached speeds of 90 mph and included an exchange of gunfire.

After Lane's vehicle entered Fairfax, she and Nicholas Speckmeier, 29, of Sioux Falls, who was allegedly driving the vehicle, split up. Speckmeier was allegedly located on Main Street, being held in place by a Fairfax man wielding a shotgun, and Lane was found standing in a nearby yard holding a .380 pistol, which was stolen, court documents state.

Lane was sentenced to 20 years in prison, with credit for 206 days, for committing a felony while carrying a firearm, a class 2 felony.

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She was also sentenced to five years in prison for possession of methamphetamine, a class 5 felony; five years for ingestion of a controlled substance, a class 5 felony; and two years for possession of a firearm after a violent crime conviction, a class 6 felony; but the three lesser sentences will be served at the same time.

Two first-degree attempted murder charges, three counts of aggravated assault against law enforcement, a charge of grand theft valued between $1,000 and $2,500 and a habitual offender charge - which increases the penalty for other charges - were dismissed.

On her sentencing date, a letter, written by Lane, was filed with the court. In the letter, Lane said she was regretful and ashamed of her actions. She said her actions were caused by the influence of drugs and pressure from Speckmeier because she "was at that time afraid of him."

"I would also like to inform the court that I would not have had in my possession the firearm I was found with had Nick not forced me to take it," Lane said in the letter.

Lane then promises to stay sober and gain employment after she is released from incarceration.

Speckmeier pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to a habitual offender charge in September.

He is also charged with two counts of aggravated assault against law enforcement, aggravated assault with indifference to human life, committing a felony while carrying a firearm, possession of drugs with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine, ingestion of a controlled substance, possession of tools or a weapon intending to commit burglary, aggravated criminal entry of a motor vehicle, three counts of grand theft valued between $1,000 and $2,500, aggravated eluding, intentional damage to property valued between $1,000 and $2,500, obstructing police, jailer or firefighter, possession of a loaded firearm while intoxicated, resisting arrest, first-offense DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia and failing to make a proper stop at an intersection.

A jury trial for Speckmeier was scheduled for Wednesday but was recently canceled after he motioned to prohibit several pieces of evidence, including weapons confiscated from Speckmeier or Lane and bullets, fragments, casings or photos of bullets or bullet holes.

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According to court documents, an AR-15 assault rifle was confiscated, but the court prohibited evidence related to Speckmeier's alleged possession of the weapon because it was never fired.

Because of that decision, Speckmeier's attorney, Brad Schreiber, said the other evidence is irrelevant and prejudicial.

Speckmeier is scheduled to appear in court for a motions hearing on April 5.

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