Washington man draws 45-year sentence for trooper assault

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - A Washington state man will spend more than four decades in prison for the attempted murder of a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper.

Donald Willingham was sentenced Monday morning to a total of 45 years in prison and a $60,000 fine for the assault on Trooper Zac Bader. Bader was assaulted during a 2015 traffic stop on Interstate 90 near Box Elder.

Willingham was sentenced to 25 years for the attempted murder and aggravated assault of Bader, five years for gun possession and another 15 years for drug possession. He will serve these sentences consecutively.

He was convicted last December.

Three people who were with Willingham at the time of the attack had previously pleaded guilty to drug possession or being an accessory to a crime.