Tyler C. Bain, 29, was arraigned in Custer County District Court Thursday on six felony counts, resulting from an incident Oct. 20, 2011, when he allegedly abducted and assaulted his wife, Kari Bain. Those charges are:
Count 1: 1st degree sexual assault, Class II felony
Count 2: 2nd degree assault, Class III felony
Count 3: terroristic threats, Class IV felony
Count 4: 1st degree false imprisonment, Class IIIA felony
Count 5: use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, Class II felony
Count 6: kidnapping, Class IA felony
If convicted on the kidnapping charge, Bain could face life in prison. He is facing up to 50 years in prison on Counts 1 and 5, up to 20 years on Count 2, and up to 5 years on Counts 3 and 4.
According to the affidavit for arrest filed by Custer County Chief Deputy Dan Spanel, the Sheriff’s Department was contacted the morning of Oct. 20, 2011, with a report of a vehicle owned by Kari Bain in a ditch one mile east of Anselmo. Spanel arrived at the scene about 10 a.m. and found a car parked on the north side of the road with rear end and passenger side damage.
As he was investigating the scene, another vehicle pulled up, with the passenger, Kari Bain. She told officer Spanel that Tyler Bain had been chasing her and trying to run her off the road, when she hit the damaged vehicle.
The affidavit states that Tyler Bain pulled Kari into the car by her hair, and threatened to kill her. He allegedly took her to their house where he allegedly assaulted her.
Tyler Bain was released from the Nebraska Department of Corrections in December 2010, after serving six months on charges of terroristic threats and 3rd degree domestic assault.
The case was set for jury trial Feb. 13, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. A pretrial conference was set for Jan. 19. The defendant's request for a bond reduction was denied. He remains in custody in the Custer County Jail on $750,000 cash bond.
Three other cases were arraigned in District Court Jan. 5. John F. Meyer, of Broken Bow, is charged with theft - a Class III felony. Meyer is accused of stealing property belonging to a neighbor in September 2010, with said property valued at more that $1,500. Meyer plead not guilty to the charge. A Class III felony carries a possible penalty of 1 - 20 years in prison and/or $25,000 fine. Meyer waived his right to a speedy trial, and jury trial was set for June 11.
Harley Thomasson, 25 of Kearney, was arraigned on one count of burglary, a Class III felony, for an incident Oct. 2, 2009. He also entered a plea of not guilty and waived his right to a speedy trial. Jury trial was set for June 11, with pretrial conference May 17.
Louis E. Keezer, 21 of Ansley, was arraigned on a charge of theft, a Class III felony. Keezer plead not guilty to the charge and was set for jury trial June 11, with pretrial May 17.
Ted Cooper, of North Platte, and Cameron T. Bain, 21 of Thedford, both appeared for probation revocation. Both men denied the allegations, and a hearing in both cases was set for Feb. 23 at 1 p.m.
William A. Byrne II, 21 of Broken Bow, was sentenced in a case that originated back in October 2010, when he and his wife, Bethany, robbed the Broken Bow McDonald’s store. Byrne entered the drug court program, but failed to successfully complete that, resulting in his reappearance in District Court. Byrne was sentenced to 12 - 18 months in the Nebraska Department of Corrections, with credit for 173 days served. He was also ordered to pay half of the $4,800 restitution to McDonald’s.
Peter J. Fecht, 23 of Broken Bow, was sentenced on a charge of criminal attempt-assault, a Class IV felony. Fecht told the court he has recently completed an anger management course and has also been involved in group counseling. He was ordered to serve 2 years probation, 90 days in jail, and ordered to write a letter of apology to the victim.