Wednesday, January 30, 2008

No extra jail time for man involved in jail rampage

A man sentenced late last month to more than four years in prison for causing the Nickerson police chief to crash his car while transporting the man to jail won't get any extra time for a nude rampage through the jail that evening.Reno County District Judge Tim Chambers followed a plea agreement Monday in sentencing Justin Phinney to 32 months in prison for a count of battery on a jail officer, stemming from the January 2007 incident. Chambers, however, ordered the sentence to run concurrently with a 50-month sentence for aggravated battery in the same case.A jury last October convicted Phinney, 29, of aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer for somehow managing to reach his legs over the backseat of a patrol car driven by Nickerson Police Chief Larry Eckhoff and lock them in the steering wheel, causing the chief to crash into a snow bank along K-96.The jury was deadlocked, however, on multiple counts of battery on a law enforcement officer for an incident in the jail following Phinney's arrest. Phinney entered a no contest plea last month to a single count, and the others were dismissed.

i think this can only be thought of as a relief to all of us who were considering a nude rampage through the jail............

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