Douglas County District Judge Gary Randall was taken to the hospital Friday after he complained of pain while pronouncing the sentence for convicted killer Anthony Garcia.
Randall had reviewed the mitigating and aggravating factors against Garcia, who was convicted of two murders in 2008 and two in 2013. Randall paused and apologized.
“I’m sorry, there’s something wrong,” he said. “It’s not nerves. It’s pain.” He then returned to judges’ chambers behind the courtroom.
Attorneys said Randall informed them that he had recently had a back procedure and believed the pain resulted from that.
Paramedics arrived at about 2:30 p.m. and took the judge out on a stretcher. He was alert.
Randall was taken by ambulance to the Nebraska Medical Center, where he was listed in fair condition about an hour later. By 4:15 p.m., he was listed in good condition.
After a break of about half an hour, Judge Rick Schreiner of Gage County continued the hearing. He also noted, after Garcia’s attorney raised objections to proceeding with the hearing, that Randall already had signed the order sentencing Garcia to death.