Topeka Murder Suspects Enters Plea To Charges In Nebraska Shootout

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A Topeka man pleaded no contest Monday to seven felonies related to a February shooout with Nebraska authorities while allegedly fleeing a Topeka murder scene.

Michael Engstrom entered the pleas for firing shots at law enforcement officers following a car chase. He also pleaded to robbing the Casey's General Store in Pawnee City as well as a firearms charge related to the robbery.

Police say he and wife, Jamie, fled Topeka after the shooting death of Ricky Mitchell near SW 12th and Topeka Boulevard. During the pursuit, authorities say Engstrom fired at Nebraska and Kansas troopers until his ammunition ran out and he turned himself in.

Sentencing is set for January 13th. He faces up to 350 years in prison on the Nebraska charges. He then faces trial on murder charges in Shawnee County.

Jamie Engstrom recently was sentenced to five years on child endangerment charges in Nebraska. She has a January 13th trial set on murder charges in Shawnee County.