- Associated Press - Friday, July 18, 2014

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - A 49-year-old Grand Island man has been given 25 to 40 years in prison for trying to kill his estranged wife.

Jesus Parra was sentenced on Thursday in Hall County District Court. He’d pleaded no contest to attempted murder, assault and possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person. Prosecutors dropped six other charges in exchange for Parra’s pleas.

In February he’d been declared mentally incompetent and was sent to a psychiatric hospital for treatment. A judge said Parra was to remain there until “the disability is removed.” In April Parra was declared competent to stand trial as long as he continued to take his medication.

Police say he attacked and injured Rosa Olivas de Parra at her home in April 2013.


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