Violent Offender Minimizes Time Behind Bars

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As police continue their hunt for a wanted man, some are asking why the dangerous criminal is out on Omaha streets. There's an answer. The repeat offender has minimized his time behind bars.

LaShawn Driver is one of Omaha Police's most wanted criminals.

He has a felony warrant for possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine. But his criminal history dates back to 2008 when he first served time as a juvenile for illegal gun possession.

Driver has also been charged with failure to appear eight different times since 2009. In October of 2009, he was arrested for allegedly shooting at an off-duty police officer working security at an Applebee's restaurant.

He was released the next day due to lack of evidence.

In 2010 Driver was arrested again, this time for possession of a stolen firearm and crack possession. In that incident he was sentenced to 12 months in state prison. With the Good Time Law, that became six months.

Five of those months were spent at the Douglas County Jail waiting for sentencing. Then Driver spent one month in state prison.

In June of 2012, Driver is arrested again for allegedly shooting at a police officer on patrol near 56th and Ames.

Could a longer prison sentence in 2010 have prevented later crimes? Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine says sentencing can be frustrating for his office as well as the public.

"Indeterminate sentencing is what it is," says Kleine.

"Sometimes we hear what a sentence is, and then we kind of wonder what's going to happen and when that person will actually be out. It's usually about half of the bottom number in regards to that sentence. I think sometimes that's misleading to the public."

Omaha Police believe Driver is hiding out in the city. Anyone who sees him should call (402) 444-7867.

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