Crime & Courts

Bicyclist in road rage shooting gets 59-month sentence

Jonathan Newcomb
Jonathan Newcomb Courtesy of Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office

A bicyclist convicted of attempted second-degree murder for shooting a motorist in the face in a fit of road rage last year was sentenced Thursday to 59 months in prison, the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office said.

Sedgwick County District Court Judge Christopher Magana also ordered Jonathan Newcomb, 29, to pay more than $19,600 in restitution. Nearly $17,000 of that will be paid into the Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Fund, which helps families pay for unexpected costs resulting from violent crime.

The remainder will go to the victim, Luis Leon-Olmos, who lost his left eye in the Aug. 13, 2014, attack.

Newcomb was riding a bicycle southbound in the 1900 block of South Seneca when a confrontation between him and Leon-Olmos, who was in a black pickup truck, ensued in a parking lot. Video surveillance showed Newcomb gesturing toward the truck before both stopped in the lot and argued. Newcomb drew a 9mm semiautomatic pistol from a holster he wore and pulled the trigger.

Leon-Olmos was shot once in the face. His wife and young daughter were with him in the truck at the time.

Authorities arrested Newcomb a short time later in the 2400 block of South Seneca.

Police last year said the confrontation started as Newcomb and the truck were both southbound on Seneca. Newcomb was on a sidewalk about to cross the driveway of a parking lot when the truck attempted to turn and they nearly collided.

Newcomb pleaded guilty to attempted intentional second-degree murder on June 8, according to Sedgwick County District Court records.

In exchange for his guilty plea in the shooting, prosecutors dropped an opiate possession charge against him, records show.

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