Former Richardson County Deputy Sheriff Joshua Nincehelser of Dawson, has agreed the plea agreement in Richardson County District Court.
In exchange for his plea of guilty to a felony charge of criminal mischief and a misdemeanor charge of false reporting, two misdemeanor charges have been dismissed.
Tuesday, Nincehelser appeared in court and was found guilty of a pair of charges as part of the agreement. Sentencing has been scheduled for December 16th.
Nincehelser was charged for reporting to dispatchers on June 9th that he had been shot by an unidentified man when he stopped his patrol vehicle to see if a motorist parked on a county road needed assistance.
Following the investigation by the Nebraska State Patrol in cooperation with the Richardson County Sheriff’s Office, Nincehelser admitted he shot himself in the arm and fired several shots into his patrol pick-up. He admitted there was no stranded motorist.
Kale Burdick is serving as a special prosecutor in the case.
On the felony charge Nincehelser could be sentenced to up to five years in prison and be fined up to $10,000. There is no minimum sentence. On the misdemeanor charge he faces up to a year in prison and a fine of $1,000. There is no minimum sentence for the misdemeanor charge.
By John Nixon, KLZA