- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

LEXINGTON, Neb. (AP) - A man who was convicted of shooting at an unoccupied Custer County Sheriff’s Office cruiser has been given a new, shorter sentence and his likely release from prison.

Trent Esch was found guilty in 2013. Last year the Nebraska Appeals Court cited faulty jury instructions in tossing out Esch’s criminal mischief sentence and his weapons conviction.

In February the Nebraska Supreme Court agreed that Esch should not have been found guilty of the weapons count in his second trial, because prosecutors didn’t present any evidence. He’d been given five to seven years on the weapons count, 20 to 36 months for criminal mischief.

The Kearney Hub reported (http://bit.ly/1wazas9 ) Thursday that Esch was resentenced to 20 to 36 months and given credit for 710 days served, which satisfied his sentence.

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Information from: Kearney Hub, http://www.kearneyhub.com/

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