According to the Howard County Court Clerk, a 10% of $1 million bond has been set by Judge Tami Schendt for Luke LeFever of Broken Bow. LeFever remains hospitalized after injuries sustained in the shootout that took place near Elba on December 31, 2018 through January 1, 2019. His first appearance in Howard County Court will depend on his release from the hospital.
According to the Nebraska State Patrol press release, LeFever began shooting at the Howard County Sheriff’s Deputies with a handgun and eventually gained access to a Sheriff’s Office vehicle which also housed a shotgun. After fleeing from other officers’ vehicles, the stolen patrol vehicle spun out and a second exchange of gunfire took place. During one of the exchanges of gunfire, LeFever was struck in the left forearm.
LeFever then fled on foot and hid in a creek bed where he was apprehended. LeFever was taken to the St. Paul Hospital for treatment for hypothermia and a gunshot wound. He was later taken by medical helicopter to St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln.
LeFever is facing two counts of Attempted Murder, class II felonies, one count of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person, a class ID felony, and a Habitual Criminal enhancement, which carries the penalty of ten to sixty years in prison. If convicted of all counts, LeFever could be sentenced between 15-210 years in prison.