Pair face life plus 122 years after shooting in Polk County

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OSCEOLA – A pair of men who shot at Polk County deputies during a pursuit on Saturday, are now facing a maximum of life plus 122 years in prison.

Douglas Burke, 38, of Clarks and Derek Hobbs, 25, of Omaha could be spending the rest of their lives in prison, after a pursuit and shooting that started near Polk and ended near Clarks.

Burke and Hobbs each face 5 felony charges for driving a stolen vehicle, use of a firearm to commit a felony, attempt of a class 1 felony, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, and operating a vehicle to avoid arrest, say court records. If convicted on all charges, each could face a maximum of life plus 122 years in prison.

The incident took place on Saturday, August 5th, and deputies from the Polk, Merrick, Butler, and Hamilton County Sheriffs’ Offices assisted, along with local police agencies and the Nebraska State Patrol, said a press release from NSP.

The two are scheduled to appear for preliminary hearings in the Polk County Courtroom on August 24th.