LINCOLN (AP) — A Lincoln man who pleaded guilty to two gun charges has been given a total of 15 to 25 years in prison on consecutive sentences.
Carlos Helmstadter had faced more severe charges, but they were dropped in exchange for his plea and his testimony against a friend who shot another man during a fight in November 2008.
On Tuesday, the 33-year-old Helmstadter was given 5 to 10 years for being a felon in possession of a firearm and 10 to 15 years for use of a firearm to commit a felony.
Helmstadter testified that he fired two shots into the air to defuse a parking-lot fight between his friend William Edward Smith and LeMarcus Gaskins. Helmstadter says Smith grabbed the gun and shot Gaskins. It was Smith’s gun.
Smith was convicted of attempted murder.