A man believed to have been involved in an October 2019 Schuyler shooting was recently found guilty on gun-related charges in Colfax County District Court.
On Wednesday, Jan. 8, 53-year-old Shawn M. Howell was found guilty of attempted possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, a Class II felony, punishable by up to 50 years imprisonment. He is now scheduled for a 1 p.m. sentencing Feb. 19 in front of District Court Judge Christina Marroquin.
Originally, the defendant faced a Class ID felony, also punishable by up to 50 years imprisonment; however, the original offense carried a three-year prison minimum and the amended information doesn’t.
About 8:30 p.m. Oct. 16, Schuyler Police officers responded to multiple 911 calls in reference to a shooting that took place at a Colfax County home north of U.S. Highway 30, Colfax County Attorney Denise Kracl said shortly after the incident.
Following the call, police arrived at the front entrance of CHI Hospital in Schuyler and observed that a Ford F-150 pickup had been driven onto the curb of the hospital property and came to a rest about 2 feet from the Emergency Room entrance, according to provided information.
Officers made contact with two men who had sustained injuries that appeared to be inflicted by a shotgun. Both men were stabilized by CHI Schuyler staff and transferred to a trauma unit for further medical attention. Both men’s injuries at the time were serious, Kracl said, but noted during a recent interview with the Sun that both are now out of the hospital.
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Currently, Howell is the lone person to be charged with a gun offense relating to the still-open case; but, Kracl noted that additional charges – for Howell or others involved – may still be levied.
“At the present time, the Nebraska State Patrol and the Colfax County Sheriff are working together to investigate the shooting that occurred … and determining if anyone should be charged,” Kracl said.
In addition to the charge Howell faces in Colfax County, he currently has two unrelated open cases in neighboring Platte County. On Jan. 23, Howell is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing in relation to three counts of intimidation by phone call or using electronic communication, a Class III misdemeanor; disturbing the peace, a Class III misdemeanor; and stalking, a Class I misdemeanor. Howell pleaded not guilty to all charges associated with the December 2018 incidents.
The same day, the defendant in another case is appearing before Platte County Court Judge Frank Skorupa for a preliminary hearing. No pleas have been made on this case, which if the state continues pursuing would be bound over to Platte County District Court since a felony is involved. Howell has been charged with making terroristic threats, a Class IIIA felony; and third-degree assault, a Class I misdemeanor.
Sam Pimper is the news editor of the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at email@example.com.