Ambulance shooter enters plea, faces up to 125 years -
Published Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 11:25 am / Updated at 10:39 am
Ambulance shooter enters plea, faces up to 125 years

The Omaha woman who pulled a gun in the back of an ambulance told a judge Wednesday that the weapon originally was in her waistband but she distracted police so they wouldn't find it.

Justine Dubois, 24, pleaded no contest Wednesday to making terroristic threats, use of a weapon to commit a felony, possession of a gun by a prohibited person and theft by receiving.

County Attorney Don Kleine said a charge of felony assault was dismissed because a paramedic in the ambulance, Brock Borhart, was injured when Dubois' gun went off but was not struck by a bullet.

She will face eight to 125 years in prison when she is sentenced in January.

As part of the plea deal, prosecutors required Dubois to give an account of how the gun ended up in the back of an Omaha ambulance on July 1. The ambulance was called after Dubois faked a seizure while being arrested for stealing a car.

She told prosecutors that a female officer at the scene began to pat her down. As the officer got near her waistband, she shifted and complained that her bra was itching and sticking into her skin. The officer then began to pat down Dubois in her chest area – and discovered marijuana in her bra.

Dubois said the officer did not return to her waistband after discovering the marijuana.

Dubois pulled out the gun while riding to an area hospital. Borhart grabbed for the weapon, and it fired, causing superficial wounds to his abdomen, and striking Dubois in the leg.

Staff writer Kevin Cole contributed to this report.

Contact the writer: Todd Cooper    |   402-444-1275

Todd covers courts and legal issues for The World-Herald.

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