Neb. Man Sentenced to Life as Teen Seeks Release

Posted 6 months ago

By Associated Press

NE Dept. of Corrections Photo

NE Dept. of Corrections Photo

(AP) — A Nebraska man sentenced to life in prison as a teenager for killing a police officer is seeking his freedom in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down such sentences.

Eric McCain is asking a Dawson County District Court judge to order his release from prison.

McCain has been in prison since he was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole at the age of 17 in 1990. He was convicted of first-degree murder for the shooting death that year of Gothenburg Police Sgt. Glenn Haas.

Last year, state lawmakers enacted a measure that ends mandatory life sentences for juveniles who commit first-degree murder. The guidelines now call for a sentence of 40 years to life for juveniles.


  • Stay right where you are

    If he shot an officer as a juvenile what makes you think he will be any better as an adult.

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  • Wendy Flowers

    I think he’s better off right where he is…and so are the rest of us.

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  • Wouldn’tUWantA2ndChance?

    Was it on purpose? or was it an accident? Sorry first iv’e heard of this and surely they wouldn’t just say “hey your free” i’m sure he would be on ankle monitor, parole, have to work, so on and so forth. Age 17 you have many things running thru your head. If i shot an officer or anyone in self defense or not at age 17 i would be scared, upset, afraid, terrified and any other feelings that can over whelm a child. I think as long as he hasn’t gotten in trouble and has been working hard then he should have a chance.

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    • rowdy1

      You’ve got to be kidding. An accident? Self defense? He walked into a police station with a hidden rifle. Asked to speak directly with the officer, and then shot him in cold blood when the officer came out to talk with him. and chances are, I beat the crap out of my friend, can you forgive me. Not I walked into a police station and blew a cop away with a rifle I had hidden. I’m sorry, he is right where he belongs, for life.

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      • rowdy1

        2nd chances are

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        • Wouldn’tUWantA2ndChance?

          As i said it was the first i had heard of this. Thank you for explaining what happened.

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          • rowdy1

            Sorry about being so harsh. Happened in 1990. I had forgotten the story until it was brought up. He was an officer in my home town when I was a teenager. Was just talking about him the other day, with an officer who just retired that worked with him.

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  • T

    This is from a Police Officer Memorial page…..so no he shouldn’t get a second chance
    Sergeant Glenn Haas of was shot and killed at the police station by a 17-year-old juvenile. The suspect had been previously cited for criminal mischief. He came to the police station and asked to speak with a police officer. Sergeant Haas, who was at the police station but off duty, offered to speak with the boy. As he walked into the lobby he was shot by the suspect with a 30.06 rifle that had been hidden around a corner.
    Sergeant Haas was flown to Good Samaritan Hospital, in Kearney, where he succumbed to his wounds.
    The suspect was arrested, convicted of murder, and sentenced to life in prison.
    Sergeant Haas is survived by his wife, daughter, and son.
    Read more: http://www.odmp.org/officer/94-sergeant-glenn-hobart-haas#ixzz2qniqXYiQ

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  • BRASSMONKEY

    IMO Any person that kills in this violent and/or premeditated manor made there bed! Enjoy the stay!!!

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  • Mr Bojangles

    With that big smile on his face, I think he is happy where he is .

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