LINCOLN, Neb. — A man imprisoned in Wyoming for shooting a trooper in the face was sentenced this past week in Nebraska in two armed robberies that started his 1999 crime spree.
Michael Bilderback, 34, formerly of Lincoln, was ordered Thursday in Lancaster County District Court to serve two to four years for robbery, the Lincoln Journal Star reported. But the judge ordered the sentence to run concurrent or during the same time as Bilderback's prison term in Wyoming. He's serving 50 years to life in that state for second-degree attempted murder.
Bilderback confessed to the robberies in 1999 but wasn't brought back to Nebraska to face charges until December. He pleaded guilty in March and apologized during Thursday's hearing for the crimes. Authorities have said he was armed with a gun when he robbed two convenience stores in Lincoln in January 1999, making off with $650.
"I'm no longer the impulsive, violent kid that I was," Bilderback told the judge.
Three days after the robberies, Bilderback was pulled over for speeding on Interstate 25 near Douglas, Wyo., in a stolen car. He shot trooper Howard Parkin in the face, then led police on a 90-minute chase into rural Converse County, authorities have said. Parkin survived the shooting.
Tim Eppler, the public defender representing Bilderback in Nebraska, said Bilderback's troubles stemmed from dealing drugs. He committed the robberies to get money to flee people he thought were going to kill him, Eppler said.
"He was in ... a bad spot, frankly of his own making," Eppler said.