Lexington Man Who Killed Police Officer When He Was 17 Seeks Post-Conviction Relief

supreme-courtA Lexington man convicted of killing a Gothenburg Police officer when he was 17, is seeking a review of his conviction.

Eric McCain shot and killed Gothenburg Police Sergeant Glenn Haas on July 2, 1990.

Court records indicate that on the night of July 2, McCain had received a ticket for a traffic violation.  Following the traffic stop, McCain went to his home, retrieved a rifle, then went to the Gothenburg Police Station and shot Haas.

McCain was tried as an adult, and received a life sentence for the crime.  He appeared before then District Court Judge John Murphy in October of 1990 and entered a guilty plea.

However, the Supreme Court has ruled that a life sentence without the possibility of parole for a crime committed by a juvenile is unconstitutional.  Now, McCain is seeking post-conviction relief based on that ruling.

The Nebraska Legislature passed a bill this year that established 40 years to life with the possibility of parole as the sentencing guideline for crimes of this nature.

On Friday, District Court Judge James Doyle gave Dawson County Attorney Liz Waterman until July 28 to file a motion regarding the sentencing.

McCain is being represented by the Public Advocacy Commission.

A hearing on the matter has been scheduled for September 17.


  • goam

    I call BS! So tired of these “kids” getting a “get out of prison free card” just because they committed murder before 18. They are WELL AWARE of what they’re doing when they take a weapon to cause harm with intent.

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  • Western Copper

    Life seems like an apropirate sentance…he obviously put some thought into this crime considering he took the time to drive home, walk into his house, find his weapon, load it, walk back to his truck, drive to the station, and find that exact officer he felt had wronged him and shoot and kill him. Does anyone really want a person with such little impulse control that they are willing to commit murder over a traffic ticket walking around thier neighborhood? He is exactly where he belongs.

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