A convicted killer captured in Omaha after killing a sheriff’s deputy and escaping from an Iowa jail has been sentenced to life in prison.
24-year-old Wesley Correa-Carmenaty fled across the Missouri River into Nebraska May 1st after grabbing a gun from Pottawattamie County, Iowa Sheriff’s Deputy 43-year-old Mark Burbridge and shooting him to death.
Correa-Carmenaty entered a guilty plea to first degree murder at the Pottawattamie County Courthouse in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Correa-Carmenaty pleaded guilty to a host of other charges as well, stemming from his escape from the Pottawattamie County Jail.
Earlier that day, Correa-Carmenaty had been sentenced to 45 years in prison for voluntary manslaughter in a 2016 homicide in the same courtroom. Correa-Carmenaty attacked Burbridge and Pottawattamie Deputy 59-year-old Pat Morgan as they escorted him back to jail.
Correa-Carmenaty shot a motorist in attempting to steal his car, then kidnapped a woman so he could take her car. Police captured Correa-Carmenaty after a chase across the state line ended near the Interstate 480 entrance ramp at Cuming Street in Omaha. The man was wounded. The woman has unharmed.
Correa-Carmenaty’s trial was to begin today, but he decided to enter a plea and avoid a trial.