FALLS CITY, Nebraska — An ex-sheriff's deputy in Nebraska has been sentenced to three years of probation after accidentally shooting himself and then trying to make it look like he'd been the victim of a crime.
Joshua Nincehelser, 26, pleaded no contest in November to felony criminal mischief and misdemeanor false reporting after making a deal with prosecutors, who dropped two other charges. He was sentenced Tuesday, the Lincoln Journal Star said (http://bit.ly/1L0u4Tv ).
Nincehelser told authorities in June that he was shot by a driver he had pulled over near Humboldt. Despite his wounded arm, Nincehelser said, he returned fire, jumped into his cruiser and chased the assailant's car. He said he stopped after a few miles because he couldn't see through his windshield, which had been shattered by at least three bullets.
But investigators determined that he'd made up the story. Nincehelser eventually admitted that he accidentally shot himself and then shot at his cruiser to make his story believable. He was fired later by Richardson County.
In court Tuesday, Judge Daniel Bryan Jr. ordered Nincehelser to surrender his law enforcement certificate and told him he would not be allowed to carry a firearm or serve as a law officer ever again. He also ordered Nincehelser to continue counseling.
"It takes a lot to shoot yourself," said Bryan, who then asked Nincehelser how long he thought about lying about what happened.
"I didn't think about it," Nincehelser said. "That was the problem."
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