“He’s going to pay for what he did,” said the widow of a trucker who was shot twice in the back and killed during a road rage incident. It was both a promise and a declaration of victory. Her husband’s murderer had just been sentenced to 28 years to life in prison.
James Womack was a trucker and veteran of the U.S. Army. The Queens, New York native had served three tours in Iraq before coming home, moving his family to Omaha, and getting a job as a trucker. Then, one day in late 2017, he was gunned down during a road rage incident.
Womack was driving in Omaha when he was cut off by a gold Chevy Silverado just before the stoplight at 60th and L Streets.
Dashcam video from another vehicle showed Womack climb down out of his truck and walk up to the pickup. According to investigators, Womack slapped his palms on the passenger window and yelled “What the [expletive] are you doing?” before turning around and walking back toward his truck.
Just a few seconds later, two gunshots rang out hitting Womack in the back. He fell to the ground, and the Chevy pickup raced away.
“It was definitely stupid,” Omaha homicide Detective Ryan Davis said according to the Omaha World-Herald. “This guy was a working guy, he’s a dad, he’s a military veteran, and this is how he dies? Senseless, just completely senseless.”
Detectives didn’t have to search long to find 26-year-old Michael Benson and charge him with the crime. And last week a jury needed only four hours to find Benson guilty of second-degree murder, possession of a gun by a prohibited person, use of a weapon to commit a felony, and two counts of witness tampering after he told his girlfriends not to testify. Benson will serve 28 years to life in prison.
“We wanted justice for him…and that’s what we got,” said Ivonne Womack, James Womack’s widow according to WOWT. “I’m just glad he’s going to get what he’s going to get. What he deserves.”