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By Sandy Schroth

Trespassing results in stay at county jail


March 19, 2020

The Honorable Kale Burdick sentenced four Holt County residents when he presided over the Holt County court last Tuesday, March 10.

Harold A. Rockford, 61, of Chambers was sentenced to concurrent terms of 30 and two days in the county jail, respectively, for convictions of first-degree criminal trespass, a Class 1 misdemeanor, and criminal mischief, less than $500, a Class 3 misdemeanor. The sentences were ordered consecutive to a jail sentence ordered in a Holt County district court case. He was also ordered to pay $52 costs and $40 restitution.

Rockford pleaded guilty Feb. 4, pursuant to a plea agreement. In return, Holt County attorney Brent Kelly dropped a second count of criminal trespass and agreed to make no sentence recommendation.

According to a probable-cause affidavit filed in the case, a warrant was issued for Rockford’s arrest June 7, 2019, after family members provided video in April showing the defendant on his mother’s property after legal notification, on July 26, 2018, advising he was not legally allowed there. Family members reported the only damage was to locks that were cut. The warrant was served by the Holt County sheriff’s department June 13, 2019, and resulted in additional charges that were bound over to district court.

J. Santos T. Trejo, 30, of Grand Island appeared for two Class 3 misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed weapon. Burdick sentenced him to nine months’ probation, including a $30 enrollment fee, $45 drug testing fees, and $60 costs. The judge waived $225 monthly probation fees. In addition to standard probation conditions, he was ordered to complete the Link Dual Recovery Program and follow all recommendations included in the discharge plan; attend two AA/NA meetings per week and obtain a sponsor.

The O’Neill police department received several calls regarding a male walking on the shoulder of Highway 20 two miles west of O’Neill on Dec. 2, 2019, with low visibility in the area. When contacted by an officer and offered a ride, Trejo indicated he was trying to reach the O’Neill police station due to warrants out of Mexico and Valley County, Nebraska. He was found to have a knife up his sleeve and brass knuckles in his coat pocket. He also possessed a glass vile containing “some sort of spice mixture,” according to the officer. Field tests found no contraband in the mixture.

Trejo failed to appear for arraignment Jan. 7, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. It was served Jan. 14. Trejo pleaded guilty when he was arraigned Jan. 15.

Trevor T. Brinkman, 20, of Norfolk faced Burdick for arraignment on charges of minor in possession of alcohol, a Class 3 misdemeanor and an infraction count of possessing an open alcohol container. He pleaded guilty to the MIP count committed Jan. 18, and the infraction was dismissed by Kelly. Burdick fined Brinkman $300 and taxed him $50 costs.

Jacob R. Jenkins, 20, of Kimball, pleaded guilty by waiver and was fined $100 and $49 costs for a Class 2 misdemeanor count of fishing without a permit Feb. 8 at Swan Lake. In addition, he was required to show proof of a fishing permit purchase.


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