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Bus Hijacker Gets 97 Months in Jail

Bus Hijacker Gets 97 Months in Jail



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Nebraska man who hijacked a Greyhound bus to run over his estranged wife's trailer home will spend 97 months in federal prison for carjacking.

Antonio Hernandez, 30, of Lexington, Neb., also will undergo mental health and drug treatment and serve three years of supervised release at the end of prison term, U.S. District Judge David Winder said Wednesday at sentencing.

Hernandez, who also has lived in Santa Barbara, Calif., pleaded guilty to carjacking in December.

The bus, en route from Los Angeles to Chicago, had just left Green River, Utah, and was headed to Grand Junction, Colo., on May 31 when Hernandez began behaving threateningly.

Hernandez took control of the bus on Interstate 70 in Grand County after allegedly attacking the bus driver with a knife. He was captured just west of the Colorado state line after a half-hour standoff with the Utah Highway Patrol.

Hernandez told authorities he had been drinking tequila and wanted to get to Lexington, where his estranged wife lived. Hernandez said in court documents that he planned to use the bus to run over his wife's trailer in Lexington because he thought she was cheating on him.

A driver and an off-duty driver were on the bus carrying approximately 59 passengers. During a scuffle with the off-duty driver, Hernandez allegedly stabbed him in the hand before putting a knife to the throat of the driver and threatening to kill him. He ordered him to pull over and for all passengers and the extra driver to get off.

A passing motorist called 911 and a chase ensued for about 68 miles.

Hernandez allegedly barricaded himself in the bus for about half an hour before surrendering.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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