A full docket of criminal cases came before District Judge Karin Noakes at the Custer County District Court Thursday, Sept. 20. One of those cases was the sentencing of Randy Martinez, who was found guilty of stabbing Geoffrey Eng in January of this year.
Eng was stabbed in the face and neck after becoming involved in a domestic dispute between Martinez and his girlfriend, and was later airlifted to Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. As a result of the incident Martinez was charged with 2nd degree assault and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, both Class II felonies.
In a plea agreement with the state, Martinez plead no contest to the amended charge of Class III 2nd degree assault in a hearing Aug. 2. His sentencing was then set for September.
Before Judge Noakes handed down her sentence, Martinez read a letter of apology to the court. In his apology, he stated that he will feel guilty for the rest of his life for the wounds he inflicted on his victim.
â€śI know every time Mr. Eng looks in the mirror he will see the scars, and I feel terrible about that. I will have to live with that for the rest of my life,â€ť said Martinez.
He also told the court that since the incident he and his girlfriend have had a baby, and he wants to do everything he can do to set a good example for his son.
Martinez spent 214 days in the Custer County Jail, before being released on a $1,000 PR bond in August so he could be present for the birth of his child. Since that time he has obtained full-time employment and has been checking in at the police station daily, as requested.
Judge Noakes noted the defendantâ€™s history of violent behavior, and warned him that this is truly his last chance to get his life in order. She sentenced Martinez to three years of strict supervised probation.
Ronald Vincent, 50 of Sargent, was arraigned in Custer County District Court Sept. 20, on four felonies resulting from an Aug. 18, 2012 incident. Vincent has been charged with:
Count 1 - terroristic threats, a Class IV felony
Count 2 - felon in possession of a firearm, a Class ID felony
Count 3 - use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, a Class II felony
Count 4 - habitual criminal
Count 1 carries a possible penalty of 0-5 years imprisonment; count 2 has a mandatory minimum of 3 years and maximum of 50 years in prison; count 3, 1-50 years imprisonment and count 4, a mandatory minimum of 10 years and maximum of 60 years in prison. Whatâ€™s more, if convicted the sentencing on counts 2, 3 and 4 must be served consecutively to any other charges.
Vincent was paroled from the Nebraska Department of Correction in April 2012, after serving 9 months for DWI, terroristic threats, and use of a deadly weapon. Judge Noakes also sentenced Vincent in that case.
Vincent plead not guilty to all charges Sept. 20, and the case was set for jury trial Feb. 11, 2013. A pretrial hearing was set for Jan. 17, 2013. He remains free on $50,000 bond.
Also appearing was David M. Scott, 27 of Sargent. The State filed a motion to revoke Scottâ€™s probation following a DUI charge and refusal to submit to an alcohol test in March. Scott had been placed on three years probation in November 2010, for attempted distribution of a controlled substance.
Scott denied the allegations that he violated his probation, and a trial was set for Oct. 18 at 1 p.m.
Bradley Sintek, 27 of Broken Bow, was arraigned on a Class III felony charge of theft by taking. Sintek is accused of stealing property from Taco Johns between April and July 2012, valued at more than $1,500. He plead not guilty to the charge, and the case was set for jury trial Feb. 11, 2013, with pretrial hearing Jan. 17, 2013. He remains free on $1,000 PR bond.
Peter Fecht, 24 of Broken Bow, denied the allegations against him on a motion to revoke probation. The court was informed that Fecht also has a case pending in Custer County Court. A hearing on the motion to revoke was set for Dec. 6.
Samanatha Jones, 20 of Broken Bow, appeared for a scheduled pretrial hearing after being arraigned May 31, 2012, for distribution of a controlled substance - marijuana, a Class III felony. In a plea agreement with the state, Jones plead no contest to an amended charge of criminal attempt - distribution of controlled substance, marijuana, a Class IV felony. Sentencing for Jones was set for Nov. 8.
Jordan Portiner, 31, was arraigned on a charge of theft by receiving, a Class IV felony. Portiner is accused of stealing property belonging to Mike Hunsberger in February 2012. He entered a plea of not guilty to the charge and the case was set for jury trial Feb. 11, 2013. A pretrial hearing was set for Jan. 17, 2013. Portiner remains free on bond.