Feb 12, 2020 5:24 PM

Police release name of driver killed in west Omaha crash

Posted Feb 12, 2020 5:24 PM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Authorities have released the name of a driver killed in a west Omaha crash.

The driver, the lone occupant of the car, was pronounced dead at the scene Tuesday. He's been identified as 70-year-old Billy Pipkin, who lived in Omaha.

The accident occurred around 11:15 a.m. near 108th and West Dodge Road when a northbound car took an offramp from Interstate 680 onto West Dodge and went off the road. The car crossed all lanes of West Dodge before rolling into a ditch, investigators said.

Police are investigating whether a medical condition contributed to Pipkin's crash.

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Man originally charged with murder gets 38-40 years
Deante Mullen

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) - A Hastings man initially charged with murder has been given 38 to 40 years in prison.

Adams County District Court records say 21-year-old Deante Mullen was sentenced Tuesday. He'd pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and being an accessory to a felony after prosecutors dropped the murder charge. The judge credited Mullen with 777 days already served.

Prosecutors have said Mullen and another man, Daniel Harden, tried to rob Jose Hansen on Sept. 11, 2017, and Hansen was shot in the back. Harden was acquitted of murder and weapons charges but convicted of robbery conspiracy. He was sentenced in January to 40 to 44 years.

Mullen testified against Harden, as did Katherine Creigh, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor obstruction of government operations. She was sentenced to a year.