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Minnesota man sentenced to 10 years in prison for SD carjacking

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A 28-year-old Minnesota man who pointed a handgun at five teenagers in a Mercedes Benz car at a Sioux Falls truck stop, forced them to get out and then stole the vehicle has been sent to federal prison for 10 years.

Michael Chase Jaime of Dilworth, who pleaded guilty to the charge of carjacking in December, was sentenced this week by U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier in Sioux Falls.

The conviction stems from the incident on July 23, 2016, when Jaime pointed the handgun at the driver in the parking lot of a Denny’s restaurant that is attached to the Flying J Truck Stop along Interstate 29 in northwest Sioux Falls.

While inserting a magazine into the handgun, Jaime told the 18-year-old driver and four passengers that he was taking the car, court documents said.

Jaime and a woman who was with him then fled from the scene in the vehicle.

Later the same day, officers in Moorhead, Minn., a city next to Dilworth, saw Jaime in the stolen vehicle and attempted to stop him. He failed to stop and officers stopped the pursuit after speeds reached 140 miles per hour.

The car was found abandoned in Dilworth the next day.

Jaime also faces three years of supervised release after his prison term and a restitution hearing at a later date.

The case was investigated by the Sioux Falls and Moorhead police departments and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Jaime was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service after this sentencing on Monday.

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