Columbus man sentenced to prison in officer shooting


    (Hall County Jail)

    A Columbus man will spend at least 40 years in prison after being convicted in the June shooting of a police officer.

    Judge Robert Steinke sentenced Jorge Robledo, 25, in the District Court of Platte County on Thursday on five charges. In exchange for Robledo's no-contest plea, four other charges were dropped. He was also given 238 days credit for time already served.

    He was convicted of the following:

    • Count 1 - Possession of a firearm by a prohibited person: 20-25 Years
    • Count 4 - First-degree assault on an officer: 40-50 Years
    • Count 5 - Use of a firearm to commit a felony: 20-30 Years
    • Count 6 - Possession of a firearm by a prohibited person: 20-25 Years
    • Count 9 - Possession of a methamphetamine with intent to distribute: 20-25 Years

    Court documents indicate that counts 1, 6 and 9 will be served concurrent with one another, but will be served consecutive to count 4. Count 5 will be served consecutive to all other sentences in the case.

    A gunbattle broke out June 7, when two officers with the Columbus Police Department arrived at a Columbus home to serve an arrest warrant on Robledo. One of them walked into the house and saw Robledo holding a handgun. Shots rang out, with Robledo soon switching to a rifle. Robledo was hit several times, and he also shot Sgt. Brad Wangler.

    According to CPD, both Wangler and Robledo were taken to the Columbus Community Hospital and later to the University of Nebraska Medical Center by medical helicopter. Both have since recovered.

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