Douglas County District Court Judge Michael Malone on Thursday sentenced William Verner, 27, to 71 months in prison for his role in an April 1 shooting outside an apartment complex in the 1300 block of Michigan Way.
Verner was facing two attempted murder charges in the case after he was accused of shooting Chebon Chibitty, 22, in the leg and missing another man, Ryan Harjo, after an altercation early that day. As part of a plea agreement, Verner pleaded no contest to aggravated battery and criminal possession of a firearm. Verner received a 71-month sentence on the aggravated battery and eight months on the firearm conviction; the sentences will run concurrently.
Harjo testified at a preliminary hearing that he chased Verner away from the area that night with an ax before the shooting after accusing Verner of stealing $50 from his wife weeks earlier. Prosecutors alleged that Verner returned to the area later in a car and fired into a crowd, missing Harjo and hitting Chibitty.