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Four-year-old county court case resolved by waiver

 

November 12, 2020



A Texas man pleaded guilty last week, by waiver, and paid $200 in fines and costs to the Antelope County Court, for 2016 offenses.

Daniel G. Sanchez, 31, of Brownsville, Texas, was cited in Clearwater by an Antelope County deputy in September 2016 for no proof of financial responsibility, a Class 2 misdemeanor; no operator’s license, a Class 3 misdemeanor; and speeding, 10 miles per hour over the posted limit, an infraction. He was given a court date of Oct. 5, 2016, which he failed to keep. A warrant was issued for his arrest and was recalled after he submitted the waiver last week and paid fines of $100, $26 and $25, respectively, along with costs. He also provided proof of current insurance coverage.

Hope M. Petite, 27, of Orchard appeared before the Honorable Donna Taylor at the courthouse in Neligh Wednesday, Nov. 4, for a pretrial hearing. She faced a a charge of third-degree assault, by mutual consent, a Class 2 misdemeanor committed June 22 in Orchard.

Petite changed her plea from not guilty to guilty, pursuant to a plea agreement offered by Antelope County Attorney Joe Abler. In return, Abler agreed not to file additional charges in the case and recommend a fine only at sentencing.

Taylor fined Petite $250 and assessed $50 costs of prosecution.

Patrick J. Linthicum, 32, of Oakdale appeared before Taylor for sentencing on a charge of driving under the influence, more than 0.15, first offense, a Class W misdemeanor committed June 29. He was fined $500; placed on probation for 12 months, including payment of $400 in related fees; and was accessed $150 in costs of prosecution. Per probation terms, Linthicum was ordered to complete 120 days continuous alcohol monitoring, at his own expense, and participate in a minimum of four sessions of out-patient therapy. He was given credit of up to $190 for out-of-pocket expense for a drug and alcohol evaluation. Linthicum pleaded guilty, pursuant to a plea agreement, Sept. 2.

Jacob P. Schmit, 26, of Oakdale, faced Taylor for sentencing on his conviction of a Class 3 misdemeanor count of disturbing the peace. Taylor sentenced Schmit to a $300 fine and assessed him $50 cost of prosecution.

He was convicted of the Class 3 misdemeanor that had been reduced from a Class 3A felony count of terroristic threats, pursuant to a plea deal with Abler. The offense was committed July 25.

Jefferey C. Voborny, 58, of Neligh appeared for pretrial hearing on three counts stemming from a Sept. 3 hit-and-run accident at the intersection of 5th and L streets in Neligh.

Pursuant to a plea agreement, Voborny pleaded no contest and was found guilty of Count I, driving under the influence of alcohol, second offense (.15 grams or more) a Class 1 misdemeanor, and Count II, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, a Class 2 misdemeanor. Per the agreement, Voborny agreed to pay restitution to the other motorist for damages not covered by insurance. In return Abler dismissed Count III, failure to yield right of way on left turn, an infraction. He also agreed to file no additional charges arising from the incident, nor make any recommendation at sentencing.

Taylor ordered the defendant to obtain, at his own expense, an evaluation by a certified drug/alcohol counselor. Sentencing and an enhancement hearing on Count I are set for Dec. 16. Bond posted Sept. 4, in the amount of $10,000, 10% cash, is continued.

Matthew C. Klabenes, 46, of Neligh entered written not guilty pleas on two counts, waiving his personal appearance in the courtroom. He is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a Class 1 misdemeanor, and allowing an unauthorized person to drive, a Class 3 misdemeanor, both alleged Aug. 20 near Neligh. Pretrial hearing is set Dec. 2.

James B. Fisher, 31, of Elgin pleaded not guilty to a Class 2 misdemeanor count, assault by mutual consent related to his alleged involvement in a fight at 306 Pine Street in Elgin on Sept. 12. Pretrial hearing is set Dec. 2.

Michael A. Voborny-Williams, 24, of Elgin also entered a not guilty plea to assault by mutual consent, related to the same incident in Elgin. Pretrial is set Dec. 2.

Darwin J. Bartos, 43, of Creighton was granted continuance on two counts alleged Aug. 7, driving while license revoked from DUI/refusal, a Class 4 felony, and failure to yield right-of-way, an infraction. Further arraignment is set Nov. 18. Bond, in the amount of $10,000, 10%, posted Aug. 8, is continued as well.

 

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