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A 25-year-old Nebraska prison inmate is looking at up to 20 years more time at his sentencing in June for assaulting a prison staffer a year ago at the Nebraska State Penitentiary.

Brendan C. Horner pleaded no contest Thursday to second-degree assault.

Deputy Lancaster County Attorney Jim Rocke said on March 26, 2016, a corrections officer at the State Penitentiary was looking for another inmate when he smelled marijuana coming from a cell with Horner and another inmate inside.

The other inmate threw the drugs in the toilet, then pushed the officer into Horner, who wrapped the guard up in his arms, then threw him to the floor and punched him several times before the prison's emergency response team responded, Rocke said.

He said the officer required surgery on his shoulder.

Horner, serving a sentence of 30-45 years for shooting a man in the neck in a road rage incident in Lincoln in June 2012, is now at the Tecumseh Correctional Institution.

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