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A federal judge sentenced a man to 40 years in prison Thursday in connection to a chaotic crime spree in the Glenrock area.

Judge Scott Skavdahl also ordered Christopher Eads to pay $99,741.44 in restitution. The judge recommended Eads serve his time in Pennsylvania.

Eads had previously pleaded guilty to six felonies.

Law enforcement arrested Eads and his girlfriend, Santana Keener, in June after the couple fled an attempted traffic stop by state troopers and agents of the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation. Authorities pursued the couple, and during the ensuing chase, authorities say Eads shot at law enforcement vehicles.

The couple drove their car off the highway at Glenrock and abandoned it, court documents allege. While police searched for it, they received a report of an elderly woman bleeding from the head.

The woman told police a man went into her home through the back entrance, pushed her to the ground and attacked her before taking her car keys. The woman, who was in her 80s, had a broken rib, a broken toe and a laceration to her scalp that required 18 staples to close, according to the documents.

Law enforcement later found the woman’s car abandoned nearby. Officers also found Keener, who was hiding in a field about 400 yards away from the crashed vehicle.

Police arrested Keener, who later admitted to officers that she was in the car during the chase and handed Eads a gun, which he then used to shoot at officers. She also said she witnessed Eads attack the elderly woman and steal a law enforcement vehicle. She said she and Eads had been traveling with a “large amount of controlled substances,” according to the documents.

Authorities later found 18 grams of heroin in Keener’s possession during a cavity search after her arrest, the documents indicate.

Eads pleaded guilty in December to conspiracy to distribute heroin and methamphetamine, using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, discharging a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, assault on a federal officer and two counts of carjacking.

Keener pleaded guilty to three felonies in December. She was sentenced in February to 20 years imprisonment.

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Crime and Courts Reporter

Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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