A man who escaped from Dodge County Sheriff custody last year was sentenced in district court in Wahoo on Wednesday, receiving a combined sentence of at least 98 years on five charges.
Eric G. Scott, 38, received a sentence of 45 to 50 years on a Class II felony charge of assaulting an officer. He received another 45-to-50-year sentence on a Class II felony of using a weapon to commit a felony. On a third charge for theft of a motor vehicle, a Class IIA felony, he received five to 10 years. He got another year for stealing a gun during the escape, a theft charge that amounts to a Class I misdemeanor. And he was sentenced to the maximum two-year sentence for the Class IV felony of escape.
District Court Judge John Samson ordered that all sentences run consecutively to each other. The escape charge was prosecuted by the Dodge County Attorney’s office. All the rest were prosecuted by the Saunders County Attorney’s office.
The incident occurred in September 2017, when officers for the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department were ordered to transport Scott from the state penitentiary in Lincoln, where he was serving a sentence from a previous crime, to the Dodge County Courthouse, where he was scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on another matter.
While in transport, just north of Ceresco in Saunders County, Scott managed to free himself from his leg chain and began to choke the Dodge County Deputy who was operating the vehicle, ordering him to pull over, according to a police affidavit.
Scott ordered the deputy to leave the vehicle, handcuffed him, and left him on a gravel road in rural Saunders County. He stole the deputy’s vehicle, along with his handgun, and fled the scene. Scott was ultimately arrested in Iowa’s Pottawattamie County.
Even with all possible Good Time under Nebraska law, which can cut prison time in half based on good behavior, Scott will serve 49 years, or until he’s 87. He received credit for 379 days of time previously served.
Scott still faces five felony charges in another Dodge County case related to the sexual assault of a child — the same case he was addressing in court on the day of his attempted escape. Two of those charges, a pair of Class IB felony charges for first degree sexual assault of a child, carry maximum sentences of life imprisonment.