BEATRICE – A Blue Springs man has been sentenced in Lancaster County District Court to five years in prison, for third-degree assault of an officer and for operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest.
27-year-old Thomas Sailors was sentenced to a three-year prison term on the assault count and a two-year prison term on the fleeing conviction. He received credit for 476 days spent in jail. He was ordered to serve 18 months post-release supervision on the assault sentence and a 12-month supervised term on the fleeing conviction. Charges of theft and operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest were dismissed.
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. The officers tried to block-in the vehicle driven by Sailors, but he put the vehicle in reverse, hitting the front of a police cruiser. The impact caused an open door to strike a U.S. Marshal, as he jumped back to avoid being run over. The officer was dragged backward by the vehicle Sailors was driving. Sailors continued to accelerate 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 accelerated forward, hitting another vehicle and leading officers on an extended chase.
Sailors was arrested at Bryan Health West, January 5th, 2018…where he was being treated for injuries.
Sailors is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in Gage County District Court, on two criminal cases. He’s been convicted of felony attempted theft and aiding in the commission of a felony.
Sailors served past prison terms for burglary, operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest and attempted drug possession.