Man who plotted to kill deputy sentenced to 15 years

A man who police said plotted to kill a deputy has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, federal authorities announced Friday.

Steven C. Chaney, 21, of Clay City had pleaded guilty to being a convicted felon in possession of a gun, U.S. Attorney James Zerhusen said in a news release.

Investigators said Chaney grabbed a deputy's gun last March, when a bailiff was taking Chaney and three other inmates back to jail after a court appearance in Madison County. Chaney tried to shoot Deputy Daniel Futia twice, but the gun didn't fire, investigators said.

Police who were nearby heard the scuffle and caught Chaney as he tried to run away.

Chaney told authorities he had watched the activities of court security officers for several weeks in planning his attempted escape.

Chaney, who had several burglary convictions before taking the bailiff's gun, was sentenced Thursday. He must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence.