BEATRICE – A Blue Springs man serving sentences in a Lancaster County case, was sentenced Wednesday to consecutive terms in Gage County District Court.
Thomas Sailors was ordered by Judge Rick Schreiner to serve three years in state prison and 18 months post-release supervision for attempted theft, and a consecutive two-year prison term and 12 months post-release supervision for aiding in a felony.
The sentences will be served after Sailors completes a five-year prison term in Lancaster County, for third-degree assault of an officer and operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest.
Judge Schreiner noted the 27-year-old Sailors has been involved in the criminal justice system since age 12.
:38 “this long”
Sailors was arrested in January of 2018 after he fled Lincoln Police and a U.S. Marshal in a GMC Yukon, reported stolen in Gage County. A U.S. Marshal was dragged backward by the vehicle Sailors was driving. Sailors accelerated in reverse, hitting a parked vehicle and the wall of a Lincoln apartment complex. The U.S. Marshal fired shots into the Yukon, wounding Sailors. Sailors then led officers on an extended chase.
Sailors was arrested at Bryan Health West, January 5th, 2018…where he was being treated for injuries. Judge Schreiner said the prison sentences will give Sailors a chance at turning his life around.
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Chief Deputy Gage County Attorney Amanda Spracklen-Hogan had requested a sentence of at least three years in the Gage County cases. Sailors’ attorney, Matt Kosmicki said his client has had a long-time already in custody to think about the incidents he was charged with and says an addiction to methamphetamine was controlling his behavior.