- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A man who pleaded no contest to an April 2015 assault that broke a Lincoln police officer’s thumb has been sentenced to 20 days in jail.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports (https://bit.ly/29YnZxX ) that 52-year-old Joseph Tyrey was sentenced Tuesday in Lancaster County District Court.

Tyrey had originally been charged with felony assault on an officer, but that count was lowered to a misdemeanor in exchange for his plea.

Prosecutors say an officer was checking on Tyrey’s welfare at the request of a relative when the assault occurred.

Judge Darla Ideus said Tyrey’s lack of criminal history kept her from handing down a longer sentence.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com


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