A 24-year-old Broken Bow man was sentenced to 1 year in the Nebraska Department of Corrections by Custer County District Court Judge Karin Noakes, Nov. 17. Geoffrey J. Eng was handed the sentence after reaching a plea agreement with the state, and was found guilty of Criminal Attempt - 1st Degree Assault, a Class III felony.
Eng was originally charged with three felony counts stemming from a June 25 incident involving the brutal assault of another Broken Bow man in his apartment. Eng was arrested after breaking into the apartment of Zachary McAlevy and assaulting him while he was sleeping in his bed. According to the arrest warrant, Eng and co-defendent Lewis J. Dominguez, broke out the window leading up to McAlevyâ€™s apartment and went inside. According to the police report, Eng punched the victim numerous times, kicked him and stomped on him throughout a several-hour period.
In exchange for his guilty plea to the Class III felony, the state dismissed the charges of false imprisonment and terroristic threats. A Class III felony carries a minimum penalty of 1 year imprisonment. Eng was given credit for 114 days served.
Lewis Dominguez, 19, also appeared in court Nov. 17, for a pretrial hearing. His case was continued to Jan. 5, 2012.
Jason Lichtenberger, no date of birth or address listed, was arraigned in District Court Nov. 17, on an amended charge of Criminal Attempt - 1st degree sexual assault, a Class III felony. The charge stems from an incident involving a female under the age of 15, while Lichtenberger was age 19 or above. He entered a plea of no contest to the charge and was scheduled for sentencing Jan. 5, 2012.