A Blue Springs man who was shot by a U.S. Marshal following a pursuit that started in Beatrice will be sentenced in May.
Thomas D. Sailors, 27, entered pleas to two cases Thursday in Gage County District Court. He withdrew his previous not guilty pleas after attorneys reached a plea agreement in the two cases.
In the first, Sailors pleaded no contest to a charge of attempted theft valued at more than $5,000. It was amended to add “attempted” to the charge, and additional charges of willful reckless driving, running a stop sign and operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest were all dismissed.
In the second case taken up Thursday, Sailors entered a guilty plea to aiding the consummation of a felony, which was reduced from an initial charge of conspiracy to commit a class 2 felony after Sailors was arrested as part of a lengthy investigation into drug distribution by law enforcement.
As part of the plea agreements prosecution and defense attorneys will both recommend a total sentence of three years in prison for the two cases.
In the theft case, Sailors was arrested last January after a Gage County sheriff’s deputy saw Sailors driving a stolen GMC Yukon in Beatrice.
A pursuit followed, and Sailors was later arrested in Lincoln.
Sailors was sitting in the driver seat of the stolen SUV at an apartment building parking lot in Lincoln when authorities attempted to arrest him.
As Sailors tried to flee the scene, he hit a U.S. Marshal's vehicle, a police cruiser and two other vehicles as well as the apartment building, authorities said. The deputy U.S. Marshal fired shots into the Yukon, wounding Sailors.
The officers chased after the Yukon but ended their pursuit after seven minutes.
Sailors arrived at Bryan West Campus in the SUV that evening and was treated for his gunshot wounds.
In addition to the charge in Gage County, Sailors is awaiting sentencing in Lancaster County for third-degree assault on an officer and operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest. He’s scheduled for sentencing in the two Gage County cases on May 1, and in the Lincoln case on April 30.