Mistrial in assault case of Nebraska inmate

By: Assignment Desk Email
By: Assignment Desk Email

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- A Lancaster County judge has declared a mistrial in the assault case of an inmate accused of punching a prison guard in the face.

40-year-old Timothy Schrader does not deny punching the guard, but has maintained that he did so to protect himself after he learned of a plan by other inmates to stab him.

Schrader's attorney says Schrader knew if he hit a guard, he would be put in segregation away from other inmates.

But prosecutors argued that his choice to punch a guard -- even to ensure his own safety -- was still a crime.

Jurors began deliberating the case Friday morning, and by late afternoon came back deadlocked. The judge then declared a mistrial.

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