KIMBALL -- Leota Kant, 86, appeared in Kimball District Court via Zoom May 7 regarding her charges following a shooting incident at her motel last Halloween.

She has been charged with the attempt of a class 1/1A/1/B/1/C/1/D felony and use of a firearm to commit a felony.

Special prosecutor Gail VerMaas from the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office requested reciprocal discovery to continue her preparation for the case. 

At the following status hearing, she plans to file motions regarding the defendant’s plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. 

In Kant’s April court appearance, her attorney Stuart Dornan entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity for her, stating that an evaluation done on Nov. 29, 2023, determined that she suffers from dementia, according to Western Nebraska Observer.

On the evening of October 31, 2023, a resident at the Finer Motel, Jeff Barborak, told investigators that Kant shot at him four or five times, after which he was transported to Kimball Health Services with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Kant is currently housed in an assisted living facility. 

Her next court date is set for July 2.