Man Sentenced To Prison For Shooting Lifelong Friend

A 23-year-old Omaha man was sentenced to eight to 12 years in prison for shooting a lifelong friend last February.

Michael Overgaard had no comment to our cameras as he was escorted from Judge Duane Doherty's courtroom in handcuffs.

Overgaard had entered a plea of no contest for second degree assault when he shot Paul Gordon and severely wounded him near 45th and A St on February 2, 2013.

Overgaard's attorney, Patrick Dunn asked the judge for probation, disputing the findings of a probation officer that Overgaard was a threat to re-offend.

Gordon addressed the court during the proceedings saying he restrained Overgaard from hurting someone else at a party the two were at earlier that night..

The two had been drinking and were wrestling when Overgaard eventually grabbed an SKS rifle and shot Gordon in the abdomen.

"I honestly believe he should be going to prison," Gordon said in court. Gordon said he has constant pain from internal injuries he suffered from the shooting.

Overgaard never looked over at Gordon when he was addressing the court.

Before sentencing, Judge Doherty told Overgaard he was lucky he wasn't facing a murder charge and going to prison for life..

Overgaard's girl friend was visibly upset after the sentencing, saying Gordon lied to the court. Overgaard and the woman have a 13 month old daughter together.

Overgaard will be eligible for parole in four to six years.


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