AP: Man gets 20 days in jail for breaking officer’s thumb

Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP)  A man who pleaded no contest to an April 2015 assault that broke a Lincoln police officer’s thumb has been sentenced to 20 days in jail.

Reports say that 52-year-old Joseph Tyrey was sentenced Tuesday in Lancaster County District Court.

Tyrey had originally been charged with felony assault on an officer, but that count was lowered to a misdemeanor in exchange for his plea.

Prosecutors say an officer was checking on Tyrey’s welfare at the request of a relative when the assault occurred.

Judge Darla Ideus said Tyrey’s lack of criminal history kept her from handing down a longer sentence.