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North Platte man involved in March 2019 standoff gets prison time

North Platte man involved in March 2019 standoff gets prison time

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NORTH PLATTE — A 23-year-old North Platte man was sentenced to between five and seven years in prison Monday for a March 2019 shooting that led to a standoff at his rural Lincoln County residence.

In Lincoln County District Court, Jared W. Falkena also received nine months of post-release supervision.

Falkena shot a man twice in the lower leg with a AR-15 rifle on March 16, 2019. Authorities found the victim wounded in his vehicle near Falkena’s residence. It took five hours for county sheriff’s deputies and a Nebraska State Patrol SWAT team to persuade Falkena to surrender peacefully.

Falkena pleaded no contest to second-degree assault on June 16. A charge of using a firearm to commit a felony was dismissed in the plea agreement.

Falkena’s attorney, Kent Florom, highlighted during Monday’s sentencing the growth Falkena has made since the incident, including completing a substance-abuse program and maintaining sobriety and employment.

Judge Richard Birch commended Falkena but added that the severity of the charge along with the violent nature of the incident made a prison term the correct sentence.

Falkena was credited for 52 days served and also ordered to pay restitution of $2,885.61 to the victim.

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