A Tecumseh man remains jailed in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center and is awaiting transfer to a state penitentiary after a jury found him guilty of attempted robbery by and force and fear.
Joseph Bill Nichols, 35, stood trial in Pottawatomie County District Court last week and was sentenced to serve 14 years in prison.
The jury deliberated an hour and 11 minutes before returning the guilty verdict.
Archives show Nichols was charged in a 2014 case in which he was accused of allegedly forcing himself into a woman’s vehicle and grabbing onto the steering wheel. The incident reportedly occurred on Main Street in downtown Shawnee.
The woman reported she was driving westbound on Main Street and was approaching Pennsylvania Street when she saw a man, identified in a police report as Nichols, walking in the middle of the street in her lane of traffic.
The woman stopped her vehicle to avoid running over him, the report shows, then Nichols allegedly opened the woman’s car door and tried to force himself inside the vehicle, the report showed.
The woman told police she tried to push him away, but he grabbed onto the steering wheel and would not let go. Police arrived and arrested him at that scene.