Hastings man who dragged officer gets 5-8 years in prison for attempted murder, other crimes

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HASTINGS, Nebraska — A 30-year-old Hastings man convicted of trying to kill a police officer and of other crimes has been sent to prison.

On Tuesday in Adams County District Court, Marty Deckert was sentenced to five to eight years for attempted murder, 20 months to five years for operating a vehicle to avoid arrest and a year for trespassing. The sentences are to be served at the same time. Deckert was credited for 264 days already served.

Authorities say Deckert tried to avoid arrest in July by speeding away in a car, dragging a police officer.

In March a judge rejected Deckert's request to withdraw pleas of no contest he'd made in a deal with prosecutors, who lowered two of the charges and dismissed others.

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