Hastings man gets prison for March brick attack

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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) A Hastings man arrested for hitting another man in the head with a brick will spend the next three-to-five years in prison for felony assault.

Nick Henry, 58, was sentenced Thursday in Adams County District Court.

He was arrested after a fight back in March at a home in south Hastings.

Police say Henry and Thomas Morran, 26, were arguing about Henry's 11-year-old granddaughter. Morran is the girl's stepfather.

Police say during the argument Morran took the girl into the home's garage and shortly thereafter Henry came into the garage armed with a brick and began repeatedly striking Morran in the head.

By the time police arrived Henry had locked himself in an upstairs room and was armed with a Bowie knife. Witnesses told police that Henry had threatened to harm police if they attempted to arrest him.

Police said there was a short stand-off, but Henry eventually went outside the house. Police shot a taser at Henry, but since he was wearing a heavy coat, the taser did not completely subdue Henry. Police were, however, able to subdue Henry and took him to jail.

Morran was treated and released at Mary Lanning hospital for head injuries.

Henry pleaded no contest to felony second degree assault. Prosecutors dropped two other related charges. In addition to the prison term, Henry is also ordered to pay Morran $3,000 restitution.

Henry had previous felony convictions for child abuse.

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