BEATRICE, Neb. — An attorney has requested that a sheriff in southeast Nebraska be protected from questioning that could be used as evidence in a coming trial.
Attorney Vincent Valentino said Gage County Sheriff Millard “Gus” Gustafson's knowledge of the case involving Elliot Hawkins is limited.
Hawkins is suing four employees of the sheriff's office after he was cleared of wrongdoing in an alleged rape. Hawkins called the investigation reckless.
Hawkins' attorney, Joy Shiffermiller, said her client is entitled to know what Gustafson said to the defendants. Gustafson is not named in the lawsuit.
Jennifer Valenta told authorities in 2012 that she fabricated her story of rape and inflicted injuries on herself. She has been sentenced to at least two years in prison. — AP