It was a full docket of criminal cases as Custer County District Court convened Dec. 20, under Judge Karin Noakes.
Zachary R. Martinez, 18 of Broken Bow, appeared for arraignment in two separate cases. In his first case, Martinez is charged with : count 1 - first degree false imprisonment; count 2 - terroristic threats; count 3 - criminal attempt, distribution of a controlled substance.
Count 1 is a Class IIIA felony, which carries a possible penalty of 0-5 years in prison and/or $10,000 fine. Count 2 is a Class IV felony, with a possible 0-5 years in prison and/or $10,000 fine, and Count 3 is a Class III felony with possible 1-20 years in prison and/or $25,000 fine.
In the second case, Martinez is charged with first degree assault, a Class II felony. The charge carries a possible penalty of 1-50 years in prison.
Martinez plead not guilty on all the charges. Both cases were set for jury trial June 10, with pretrial conference set for May 23, 2013.
Also appearing for arraignment was Jeffrey P. Scott, 46 of Anselmo. Scott also has two separate cases pending. The first case includes four counts of issuing bad checks, while the second case has two counts of issuing bad checks.
In the first case, Count 1 is a Class III felony, as the alleged bad check was for the amount of $6,800, and is punishable by 1-20 years in prison and/or $25,000 fine. Counts 2-4 are all Class II misdemeanors, with a possible penalty of 0-6 months in jail and/or $1,000 fine.
Both Counts 1 and 2 in the second case are Class III felonies.
Scott plead not guilty to all charges, and both cases were set for jury trial Feb. 11 with pretrial conference set for Jan. 17.
William A. Byrne II, 23 of Kearney, was arraigned on one count of issuing bad checks, a Class IV felony. In an agreement with the state, Byrne entered a plea of no contest to the charge. Both sides have reached a payment agreement, and as per the agreement if Byrne fails to make a timely payment he will go to jail. Sentencing was set for Jan. 17 at 1 p.m.
Stephen M. Riggs, 21 of Broken Bow, accepted a plea agreement with the state and plead no contest to an amended charge of criminal mischief, a Class IV felony. The charge stems from an incident in September in which a vehicle Riggs was “joyriding” in caught fire and is believed to have ignited a hay fire, with the total lost of $3,700 in property.
The charge carries a possible penalty of 0-5 years in prison and/or $10,000. Sentencing was set for Jan. 17.
Danny M. Collins, age and address unknown, appeared for a plea hearing after reaching a plea agreement with the state. Collins was arraigned Oct. 4 on two counts of 3rd degree sexual assault of a child, and two counts of 1st degree sexual assault of a child.
In the agreement, the state dismissed counts 1, 2 and 4, and Collins plead guilty to one count of attempted 1st degree sexual assault, a Class II felony. The charge carries a possible penalty of 1-20 years in prison and/or $25,000 fine. Sentencing was set for Feb. 7 at 9:30 a.m.
Thomas R. Sipes, Jr., 41 of North Platte, entered a plea of guilty to an amended charge of DUI - third offense, aggregated. Sipes was arraigned in District Court Oct. 4 for DUI - fourth offense, and felony DUS.
The amended charge carries a possible sentence of 180 days-5 years in prison, and a mandatory 15-year license revocation. Sentencing was set for Jan. 17.
Bradley M. Sintek, 27 of Ord, appeared for a plea hearing on an amended charge of theft by taking, a Class I misdemeanor. Sintek plead no contest to the charge, stemming from an incident at Taco Johns in Broken Bow. Both parties agreed upon a restitution amount of $4,757.85.
The charge carries a possible penalty of 0-1 year in prison and/or $1,000 fine. Sentencing was set for Feb. 7.
Three individuals were also sentenced in District Court Dec. 20.
Michael M. Brass, 30 of Broken Bow, was sentenced to 30 days in jail and one year probation on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, a Class IV felony. Brass is to report to the Custer County Jail Jan. 2, 2013, and will receive credit for five days served.
Joseph B. Sands, 24 of Broken Bow, was given a $500 fine plus court costs, after pleading no contest Nov. 8 to an amended charge of 3rd degree assault, a Class I misdemeanor. Sands, who recently returned from Iraq, was given the lighter sentence based on the circumstances of the case. Judge Noakes also thanked Sands for his service.
Finally, Lauretta L. Huffman appeared for sentencing after pleading no contest Nov. 8 to an amended charge of theft by taking, a Class I misdemeanor. Huffman was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay $10,124.22 restitution to Holcomb Mechanical in regular monthly payments.