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Brothers shot in Tecumseh now face felony charges

Brothers shot in Tecumseh now face felony charges


Two brothers shot earlier this month now face felony charges for breaking into a Tecumseh man's home wanting to beat him up.

Kolton Bridgewater, 26, and Levi Bridgewater, 20, both stand accused of burglary and attempted second-degree assault.

Kolton Bridgewater also faces a charge of terroristic threats; and Levi Bridgewater a charge of use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, according to court records.

Both are from Brownville.

Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies arrested their father, Kenneth Bridgewater, on the night of the shooting. But he hasn't been charged.

On Thursday, a day after appearing for his arraignment, Kolton Bridgewater posted bond. Levi Bridgewater hasn't yet been arrested on the warrant.

In affidavits for their arrests, Nebraska State Patrol Investigator Neal Trantham said the brothers went to Raymond Brown's home shortly before 11 p.m. May 10 with the intent to assault him. Levi Bridgewater allegedly was armed with a knife.

Trantham said Brown shot them both in self-defense after they broke into his home.

According to a news release, the three previously had been co-workers.

Kenneth Bridgewater went with his sons to the Browns' home, armed with a gun, but didn't go inside.

His sons were flown to a Lincoln hospital to be treated for their injuries.

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Lori Pilger is a Norfolk native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been a public safety reporter for the Journal Star since 2005.

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