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Man who shot himself during robbery sent to prison

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A 25-year-old Lincoln man will spend the next 50 to 60 years in prison for a botched home invasion robbery that led to a shooting in August. 

Termaine Williams accidentally shot himself and the woman he tried to rob as they struggled in her mobile home in the 200 block of Northwest 18th Street on Aug. 7.

During the struggle, his handgun went off, grazing the woman in the head and hitting Williams twice, investigators said. She pretended to be dead until he left.

Williams showed up at a local hospital with gunshot wounds to his left arm near his chest and in his right leg.

Investigators believe Williams accidentally shot himself twice.

Yolanda Jefferson, 32, who took Williams to the hospital, was sentenced to 10 to 15 years to being an accessory to the shooting.

On Friday, Williams smiled and laughed with two friends when he walked into Lancaster County District Court for sentencing.

And he told Judge John Colborn he feels horrible for what he did and prays every day for the victim. 

"My family can't stomach the fact that I'm getting ready to go back to prison," he said. 

But prosecutor Janice Lipovsky said the woman he tried to rob suffers from PTSD, has bone fragments in her head, is partially deaf, suffers from short-term memory loss and is hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt from medical bills along with not being able to work.

"If you don't want to shoot someone, don't bring a gun. Better yet, don't commit a robbery," she said. "(Williams) said he wants to be socially accepted ... if this behavior is socially accepted, then I fear for the future of our country and state."

Williams will get 286 days credit for time served.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7395 or nmanna@journalstar.com

On Twitter @LJSNicholeManna.

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