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Man shot by US marshal gets 5 years in prison

May 1, 2019

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A man shot while trying to flee officers in Lincoln has been imprisoned.

Lancaster County District Court records say 27-year-old Thomas Sailors, of Blue Springs, was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison. He’d pleaded no contest in March to assaulting a police officer and operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest. The judge credited Sailors with 476 days already served in custody.

Lincoln police say two of its officers and a federal marshal tried to serve Sailors with a warrant Jan. 5, 2018, while Sailors was in a sport utility vehicle in an apartment building parking lot. Police say that as Sailors drove away, he hit at least four cars, including one driven by the U.S. marshal. The marshal then fired shots into the SUV, wounding Sailors.