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Leroy Smith

Leroy Smith

A judge has sentenced a 53-year-old Lincoln man to 10 to 14 years for attacking a man with a mop handle then intentionally hitting him with his car last August.

At a jury trial, Leroy Smith was found guilty of second-degree assault and not guilty of strangulation and use of a weapon to commit a felony.

Lancaster County District Judge Susan Strong sentenced him on Wednesday.

In an affidavit for Smith's arrest, Lincoln police said they were called to the 13th and High streets area just after 10 a.m. Aug. 19, about a 26-year-old man who was hit by a car.

Witnesses said Smith had come to a home there demanding money he said was owed to him. A woman who answered the door gave him $20 and told him to leave, but Smith wouldn't.

When the 26-year-old man went outside to confront Smith, they got in a shoving match that escalated to Smith getting a broken mop handle from his car and attacking the younger man with it, according to the victim.

Smith ultimately got in his car as if to drive off, then veered toward the victim hitting him and sending his shoulder in the windshield, police said.

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Lori Pilger is a public safety reporter.

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