Scottsbluff man sentenced for 2017 assault on officer involving a knife

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GERING, Neb. (KNEP) - A 22-year-old Scottsbluff man is facing more than a decade behind bars for assaulting a police officer with a knife last year.

Phillip Garcia was sentenced Tuesday on felony charges of assaulting an officer and use of a weapon during a felony.

In July 2017, a Scottsbluff police officer investigating an assault complaint suffered cuts to the face from a knife during a struggle with Garcia as he tried to apprehend the man. The officer recovered from the wounds that required 18 stitches.

Garcia was originally charged with four felonies and two misdemeanors in the case, but accepted a plea deal that dropped all but the most serious charges. He was sentenced to consecutive terms of 15 to 30 years for the assault charge and 10 to 15 years on the weapons count, with credit for 218 days served.

In addition, Garcia was sentenced Tuesday to a one year prison term in an unrelated case on a charge of felony theft by taking $1,500 to $5,000. That sentence was ordered to be served consecutively to all other sentences.

The assault charge carries a mandatory 3-year minimum sentence, during which time no good time credit is available.