- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 29, 2014

YORK, Neb. (AP) - A York man who was wounded in an exchange of gunshots with a deputy after a high-speed chase last summer has been sentenced to prison.

Max McCall was sentenced on Tuesday in York County District Court, the York News-Times (https://bit.ly/LnGfPX ) reported. Judge James Stecker gave the 26-year-old McCall two to four years for attempted assault of an officer and one to two years for trying to flee from arrest. Those terms are to be served at the same time and then followed by a five-year sentence for using a firearm to commit a felony. McCall had pleaded no contest to the three charges after prosecutors dropped other charges.

Before he was sentenced, McCall said in court that he was “sincerely sorry. I apologize.”

The incident occurred Aug. 11. Prosecutors said McCall had used a gun to threaten a relative that day, and a sheriff’s deputy was dispatched. The deputy spotted McCall’s vehicle leaving the scene and tried to stop it, but McCall sped away on a gravel road at speeds exceeding 90 mph.

McCall’s vehicle soon spun out and stopped. McCall was carrying a rifle when he got out, and the deputy ordered him to drop it several times, prosecutors have said.

Instead, McCall aimed it at the deputy and fired. The deputy returned fire and hit McCall, who crawled partially under his vehicle and tried to turn the gun on himself. The deputy wrestled the rifle away from McCall.

McCall’s attorney, Nancy Waldron, said the officer repeatedly attempted to have McCall put down the weapon.

“And then he fired that first shot,” Waldron said of her client. “He wants to take responsibility for his actions. He knows that what he did was wrong. This situation was fueled by alcohol and rage. And now, here we are today.”


Information from: York News-Times, https://www.yorknewstimes.com

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