Eng enters plea agreement; Sentencing set for Nov. 3

Geoffrey J. Eng, 24 of Broken Bow, appeared in Custer County District Court Sept. 22 for a pretrial conference hearing. At that hearing, Eng entered a plea of no contest on an amended charge after reaching a plea agreement with the state. Eng had originally been charged with false imprisonment, making terroristic threats and first degree assault, in a June 25 incident in which he broke in to a Broken Bow man’s home and assaulted him while the man was sleeping. According to the police report, Eng punched the victim numerous times, kicked him and stomped on him throughout a several-hour period. As part of the agreement, the state dismissed the charges of false imprisonment and terroristic threats in exchange for Eng’s plea on the amended charge of criminal attempt-first degree assault, a Class III felony. Sentencing for Eng has been set for Nov. 3 at 9:30 a.m. Also charged in that incident was 19-year-old Lewis J. Dominguez, who faced the same charges as Eng. Dominguez was granted a continuance on his pretrial hearing which will now be Nov. 17, 2011. Joshua R. Kalus, 27 of Broken Bow, was sentenced Sept. 22 on one count of 3rd degree sexual assault of a child, a Class IIIA felony. Kalus was ordered to serve 4 years of Community Based Intervention Probation, and was also ordered to have no contact with the victim, who was 13-years-old at the time of the incident. Kalus had entered a plea of no contest to the amended charge at a July 7 hearing. Nathan D. Slagle, 21, appeared for a pretrial conference on a charge of theft, a Class III felony. However, in an agreement reached with the state Slagle changed his plea to no contest on an amended misdemeanor charge. Jade T. Gracey has also been scheduled for sentencing Nov. 3 on one count of driving under revocation, a Class IV felony. Gracey plead no contest to the charge at an April 21 hearing. Joining Gracey and Eng for sentencing Nov. 3, will be 22-year-old Peter J. Fecht. In his pretrial hearing last Thursday, Fecht plead no contest to an amended charge of criminal attempt-2nd degree assault. Fecht was charged after a fight broke out with another individual while playing video games in February 2011. The charge on which he will be sentenced is a Class IV felony, which carries no minimum penalty and a maximum of 5 years imprisonment and/or $10,000 fine.