Nebraska Midday Summary 6/4/15
A 31-year-old Thurston County man will spend near three years in federal prison for assaulting a federal officer. Thomas White Junior of Winnebago, was given 33 months behind bars and must serve two years of supervised release after he leaves custody. Prosecutors say the officer was employed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The officer was on duty at the Winnebago school October 17th when he approached White, who’d been asked to leave the school earlier that day. Prosecutors say White charged the officer and struck him several times. The officer eventually gained control of White and put him in handcuffs.
A Nebraska lawmaker is stirring controversy for posting a photo of a beheaded woman on his Facebook page to make a point about the death penalty. The photo posted by Senator Bill Kintner of Papillion was deleted Wednesday night. Kintner used the image to argue that the kind of people who murdered the woman would be imprisoned and “well fed” for 50 years because of the Legislature’s vote last week to abolish the death penalty. Kintner supports capital punishment. The posting on Kintner’s page triggered a debate between followers who saw it as relevant and those who deemed it inappropriate.
Police have arrested a man they say was the getaway driver in an armed robbery in Hastings. The 23-year-old man is accused of being involved in a robbery Tuesday at a local store. Authorities say a 26-year-old man, who was arrested Tuesday, went into the store armed with a shotgun and demanded money.