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Man gets 30 months for Milwaukee freeway standoff


Milwaukee (AP) -- A 42-year-old man accused of holding police at bay for six hours on a major Milwaukee area highway will serve 30 months in prison.

Donald Hale pleaded guilty last month to a felony charge of failure to comply with officer's attempt to take person into custody. A charge of operating a vehicle without consent was dropped.

The criminal complaint says deputies had to use a robot to break out the back window and fire tear gas into the sports utility vehicle, forcing Hale out Dec. 10. The standoff caused massive traffic backups during rush hour.

Hale was released from prison about eight months before the standoff for a felony robbery conviction. He had spent eight years in prison.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports his sentencing was Tuesday.

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