February 11, 2016

Accused killer is sentenced for robbery, awaits extradition

A man facing a murder charge in Kansas was sentenced Monday for his role in a February 2013 armed robbery at a southeast Nebraska convenience store.

Michael Engstrom was sentenced in Pawnee County District Court to 15-to-20 years in prison for robbery and 8-to-12 years for attempted possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, for his role in the February 13 robbery at the Casey’s General Store in Pawnee City. The sentences will run consecutively.

Engstrom had previously been sentenced to 60-to-75 years in prison in Johnson County District Court for firing at Johnson County Deputies and Nebraska State Troopers during a high-speed chase that followed the robbery. Johnson County Attorney Julie Smith says she’s happy with the sentence.

Engstrom will not be eligible for parole until July 2055 and with good time his release date will be in 2067, when he’ll be 87 years old.

Engstrom still faces a murder charge in Topeka, for the shooting death of 35-year-old Ricky Mitchell on the same day as the armed robbery. Smith says she expects prosecutors in Kansas to seek his extradition soon.

By Matthew Leaf, KTNC, Falls City

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