DISTRICT COURT NEWS
Jeffrey S. Woods, of Broken Bow, was arraigned in Custer County District Court March 22 on two felonies. Count 1, use of a firearm to commit a felony, is a Class II felony and carries a possible penalty of 1-50 years in prison. Count 2, terroristic threats, is a Class IV felony and carries a possible penalty of 0-5 years in prison and/or $10,000 fine. If convicted on both counts they would be required to be served consecutively. Woods plead not guilty to both charges and was scheduled for jury trial June 11. Alex M. Croghan appeared before Judge Karin Noakes March 22 on a motion to revoke probation. Croghan was placed on three years probation in March 2009, for burglary. The state alleges he violated the conditions of his probation by not reporting to or contacting his probation officer as required. Croghan denied the allegations and the case was set for hearing may 17 at 1 p.m. District Court was also held April 5, with Judge Noakes presiding. Conard R. Sutton was arraigned on a charge of 3rd degree sexual assault of a child, in an incident July 25, 2011. The Class IIIA felony carries a possible penalty of 0-5 years in prison and/or $10,000 fine. Sutton entered a plea of not guilty to the charge, and the case was set for jury trial June 11. Pretrial conference was set for May 17. Attorney for Tyler C. Bain filed a motion to withdraw from the case citing his client’s inability to pay. Judge Noakes sustained the motion. Bain then requested a court appointed attorney and requested that Palmer be allowed to continue to represent him as he is already familiar with the case. The state objected to the request made by Bain, due to the costs the county would incur by appointing an attorney from North Platte. Judge Noakes agreed and appointed Bowers, a Broken Bow attorney, to represent Bain. Bain is scheduled for jury trial June 11 on several felony counts, including sexual assault, use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, terroristic threats, false imprisonment and kidnapping. The charges stem from an incident in October 2011, against his ex-wife, Kari Bain. Arthur D. Underwood, Jr., was sentenced after being found guilty of an amended charge of negligent child abuse, a Class I misdemeanor. Underwood was sentenced to two years probation. Cameron T. Bain appeared April 5 on a motion to revoke probation. Bain was placed on probation Oct. 4, 2010, and is accused of violating the condition to abstain from the use of drugs or alcohol. Bain denied the allegations and a hearing in the matter was set for June 21 at 9:30 a.m. Patricia R. Button also appeared on a motion to revoke probation. She was placed on probation Nov. 19, 2009, and is accused of violating the condition requiring her to pay restitution and court costs. According to the state, Button still owes $1,014.47 of the $1,136.47 she was ordered to pay. Judge Noakes appointed the public defender to represent Button and a hearing to admit or deny the allegations was set for May 17.