A prison inmate who triggered a manhunt last year after overpowering a Dodge County sheriff's deputy and getting away in his car received 97 to 113 years in prison for it Wednesday.

Sixth Judicial District Judge John E. Samson sentenced Eric G. Scott on charges of second-degree assault on an officer, use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony and two theft charges out of Saunders County and an escape charge in Dodge County.

Scott, 38, pleaded no contest to the charges in July.

Prosecutors said Scott managed to break free from his leg irons in the back seat of an unmarked Dodge County car Sept. 20, 2017, as a deputy drove him from the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln to the county jail in Fremont.

He was being taken to court on new sexual assault and felony child abuse charges that dated to 2013.

The Saunders County sheriff said Scott had wrapped the shackle chain around the deputy's neck and forced him to pull off U.S. 77 onto a gravel road.

Pottawattamie County sheriff's deputies in Iowa arrested him a day later.

At sentencing Wednesday, Scott apologized to the injured deputy, who was in the courtroom and still has problems with his throat.

When it happened, Scott was a month from finishing a two- to four-year prison sentence for fifth-offense DUI, but facing five new felony charges in Dodge County, two of which carry 20 years-to-life terms.

That case still is pending.

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Lori Pilger is a public safety reporter.

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