Appeals court upholds Grand Island man’s kidnapping conviction and sentence

David Driver lost an appeal on his kidnapping conviction and sentence for 2019 stand-off.
David Driver lost an appeal on his kidnapping conviction and sentence for 2019 stand-off.(Hall County Jail)
Published: Feb. 25, 2021 at 5:59 PM CST
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KSNB) - A Grand Island man who authorities claim used his three-year-old daughter’s body to shield him during a stand-off with police has lost an appeal to his kidnapping conviction and sentence.

David Driver, 46, was convicted in March 2020 of kidnapping, false imprisonment and misdemeanor assault. He was sentenced to 24 years in prison on the kidnapping charge, three years in prison on the false imprisonment charge and one year on the assault charge.

The incident happened June 26, 2019, after Driver had barricaded himself in a house at 1309 N. Eddy Street. Police said they were called to a domestic disturbance incident around 3 a.m. The man ran into the house and barricaded himself inside. Police called a negotiator and a tactical response team to the scene.

Court records indicate that Driver held his three-year-old daughter’s body in front of him while he was moving through the house and when police breached the building just before his arrest. Tactical team members had to pry the girl from Driver’s arms before getting her to safety.

Driver appealed his conviction and sentence to the Nebraska Court of Appeals. He argued that his lawyer failed to advise him properly during a plea bargain, that the judge in his case should not have accepted his plea; that the judge did not properly consider the evidence against him, and that his 18-24 year prison sentence for kidnapping was excessive.

In a ruling issued Tuesday, the appeals court denied each of Driver’s claims and upheld his prison sentence.

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