LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. - An escaped convict from Nebraska has been found guilty of burglaries and a shooting in Indiana.
William J. Gajdik, 38, shot a man during a home invasion in the 3800 block of Ruth Avenue in Logan, Ind. in September 2011. He was convicted of attempted murder and other charges.
Gajdik faces 93 years in prison. A sentencing date has not yet been announced.
Police caught up with Gajdik outside a hotel in Fergus Falls, Minnesota in October of 2011. He gave himself up to local police without incident after being on the loose for several weeks.
Detective Shane McHenry of the Dearborn County Sheriff's Office said they were able to track Gajdik''s whereabouts by watching stolen items that were sold in pawn shops throughout the Midwest and Plains states. Authorities got a 'hit' that looked like it might be Gajdik, when he tried to sell stolen jewelry in Fargo. Then they warned hotels and motels to be on the lookout for him.
What also helped is that Gajdik continued to use identification with his name on it.
Gajdik escaped from the Nebraska Department of Corrections where he was serving a 10 to 20-year sentence for a burglary conviction.
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