A 71-year-old Falls City man was sentenced last week in Richardson County District Court for his involvement in a 2012 domestic disturbance.
Eugene “Buddy” Waters, a convicted felon, pleaded guilty in September to second-degree domestic assault as part of a plea agreement and at last Tuesday’s hearing Judge Daniel E. Bryan Jr. sentenced Waters to five years in prison. In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors dismissed three felony charges, including the use of a firearm to commit a felony, which carries a maximum 50 years imprisonment.
Waters was formally charged in March of this year for using a firearm to assault his wife at their home on September 21, 2012.
According to the arrest affidavit, Falls City Police Officer Charles DiGiacomo responded to a call at the Community Medical Center in reference to a domestic assault. The alleged victim informed DiGiacomo that Waters struck her in the head with a pistol after he pointed the gun in her face and threatened her with it.
Waters fled Falls City after the incident and remained a fugitive until he was arrested in Salina, Kansas on November 9, 2012. Arrest warrants in Nebraska were issued following the assault and discovered by Kansas authorities shortly after Waters was taken into custody.
Waters was recently convicted of attempted burglary in Pawnee County for a break in at Den’s Country Meats in Table Rock and received a prison sentence of 20-60 months.
Judge Bryan ordered that the five-year sentence in Richardson County run consecutive to the sentence from Pawnee County.