A prisoner who attacked a deputy and escaped last year while being taken to a court hearing was sentenced Wednesday to 99 to 113 years in prison.
Eric G. Scott, 38, pleaded no contest to charges of escape, assault on an officer, use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony and two theft charges. Saunders County District Judge John Samson ordered Scott to serve the sentences one after the other.
Scott will be eligible for parole after 49½ years and must be released on those charges after 56½ years, Samson said.
“We’re very pleased with the sentence,” said Demetria Herman, a deputy prosecutor with the Saunders County Attorney’s Office. “I think it represents the danger that (Scott) posed to the community. It also allows law enforcement to do their job, which they do so well, and know they will be protected by the court.”
Scott’s escape occurred about 1 p.m. Sept. 20, 2017, on U.S. Highway 77 just north of Ceresco, in Saunders County. A Dodge County sheriff’s deputy was driving him to Fremont for a hearing on five felony charges.
Those charges include two counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child, third-degree sexual assault of a child, incest and intentional child abuse. A trial date on those charges has not been set.
Authorities said Scott freed himself from his handcuffs and pulled his leg-iron chain around the throat of the deputy who was driving, drawing his body against the headrest.
The deputy was forced to pull onto a gravel road. He threw his phone, sidearm and rifle from the car.
“The defendant forced the deputy out of the vehicle and then handcuffed the deputy,” according to an affidavit. “The defendant took possession of the deputy’s vehicle, leaving the deputy on the county road in rural Saunders County.”
After Scott was caught the next day in Council Bluffs, he was returned to Lincoln, where he is serving a sentence of two to four years for a fifth-offense driving under the influence conviction.