Columbus Men Charged in Plot to Kill Officer

Officials say two Columbus men were charged Thursday in a plot to kill a local police officer. 44-year-old Angel Velazquez-Sanchez and 25-year-old Joe Swoboda were charged with conspiracy to commit First-Degree murder and felon in possession of firearms. A Nebraska State Patrol spokeswoman says an undercover investigator posed as a hit man and arranged a meeting Wednesday night with both men. The patrol says Velazquez-Sanchez indicated the officer being targeted had arrested him for a drug-related offense. Velazquez-Sanchez was also charged with sexual assault of a child for a July 12th incident in Columbus involving an 11-year-old girl.