By Jason Schock
A 43-year-old Falls City man who 20 years ago drove head-on, at a high rate of speed, into a sheriff’s patrol vehicle, then four years later shot the Falls City Chief of Police and in June 2013 was released from the Nebraska Dept. of Corrections after a fourth prison sentence, may finally be deemed a habitual criminal. If he’s prosecuted, that is.
Scott D. Hayes was a convicted felon by the age of 19, has spent the vast majority of his adult life behind bars and now stands accused of assaulting a police officer for the fourth time in his life. For the third time he faces the charge of being a habitual criminal, which can apply to anyone twice convicted of crimes and sentenced to prison terms of at least one year. The minimum sentence for being a habitual criminal is 10 years in prison; the maximum is 60. The previous two were dismissed through plea agreements with the Richardson County Attorney’s Office.
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