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Man sentenced in bar incident

A Gering man originally charged with aggravated assault on a police officer was sentenced Friday in Scotts Bluff County District Court on a lesser charge after entering into a plea agreement with prosecutors.

42 year old Donato Palomo had previously been convicted of resisting arrest and Friday entered a guilty plea to a reduced charge of 3rd degree assault regarding the attack on the officer. Palomo was then sentenced by Judge Randy Lippstreu to concurrent terms of 345 days in jail, with 118 days credit for time already served.

Palomo was accused of throwing a closed knife at a police officer while the officer was trying to escort him out of a bar in May of this year.

Court documents say Palomo resisted after the bar owners asked the officer to help Palomo leave the East Overland establishment at closing time early on a Saturday morning. The documents say Palomo showed an open pocket knife as he was approached by the officer and as he was being shown the door, waving it above his head before throwing it closed at the officer.

The documents say Palomo physically resisted arrest before he was tasered prior to being arrested.

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