An Omaha teenager was sentenced Wednesday to six to eight years in prison for a high-speed car chase in which he shot at a state trooper four times and missed.
Douglas County District Judge Russell Bowie sentenced Shane Kildow, 18, to the term, which is cut in half under state law.
Kildow, who was 17 at the time of the February 2017 chase, had pleaded no contest to attempted assault of an officer, a weapons charge and theft of the car.
The patrol said Kildow — at the time a wrestler and student at Ralston High School — was the driver of a stolen 2015 Toyota Camry that fled after a Nebraska State Patrol trooper tried to stop the car. Kildow had been going 93 mph in a 65 mph zone west on U.S. Highway 275 near Valley.
While trying to stop the car, the trooper said, four shots were fired at his patrol car by the driver of the Toyota. Neither the trooper nor his patrol car was hit.
The Camry left Highway 275 at East Meigs Street near Valley, drove through a field and returned to the road, eventually crashing near Reichmuth and Fort Circles.
Kildow ran away but eventually was arrested after he was located by the Omaha Police Department’s helicopter and an Omaha police dog.
Kildow apologized Wednesday for his actions.
“I’m truly sorry from the bottom of the heart for my actions that night,” Kildow said. “I hope everyone can forgive me.”
Prosecutor Cody Miltenberger, a deputy Douglas County attorney, said the attempted shooting impacts Trooper Nathan Eymann every time he puts on a uniform. Eymann’s wife also fears for her husband’s safety, now more than ever, Miltenberger said.
Outside court, Eymann declined to comment on the sentence.