Bond was set at $ 10 million for a man accused of shooting an Omaha police officer
(Omaha, NE) – Bond faces trial on a man accused of shooting an Omaha police officer and leading the prosecution in a high-speed hunt last week.
On Monday, a judge put 21-year-old Kenya Jenkins Jr. on bail of $ 10 million, double what prosecutors asked for.
Jenkins is charged with first degree assault, using a gun to commit a crime, and operating a motor vehicle to avoid being arrested for a crime. If Jenkins is convicted on all counts, he faces 102 years in prison. With a $ 10 million bond, Jenkins would be required to post a $ 1 million bond.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for the morning of April 14th. Jenkins, who is believed to be from Chicago, is assigned a public defense attorney. Authorities said Monday they are investigating Illinois records to see if any previous criminal history has been reported there.
According to the OPD report of his arrest, Jenkins has resisted arrests and escape in the past.
Officer Jeffrey Wittstruck, who was shot in the face and head after a shoplifting call at the mall, is still recovering in the hospital. It is believed to have long-term nerve damage.
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