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By Sandy Schroth

Antelope County district court hearings, trials continued


Tyler J. Napier, 31, currently held at the Antelope County Jail, appeared in front of the Honorable Mark Johnson in the Antelope County district court last week for a pretrial hearing.

County attorney Joe Abler made an oral motion for continuance of both the pretrial conference and a jury trial. Johnson sustained the motion. Pretrial is continued to Aug. 25, with the jury trial scheduled Sept. 20.

It was noted that an amended complaint was filed by Abler, adding a third count of strangulation to the five original charges. Charges on the amended complaint include: Count I, third-degree domestic assault, a Class 3A felony; Count II, strangulation, a Class 3A felony alleged April 28; Count III, strangulation, a Class 3A felony alleged April 28; Count IV, strangulation, a Class 3A felony alleged April 25; Count V, terroristic threats, a Class 3A felony; and Count IV, third-degree assault, a Class 1 misdemeanor alleged April 28.

Napier waived his right to a preliminary hearing. He had pleaded not guilty to the original five counts in May.

According to a pretrial status report filed by Abler, a plea offer has been made. Abler estimated a trail would take one and one-half days.

Bond is continued in the amount of $250,000, 10% cash, including terms to have no contact, direct nor indirect, with the alleged victims, nor to be at 83646 524 Avenue, Elgin.

Napier is represented by court-appointed attorney, Martin Klein of Neligh. He was remanded to the custody of Antelope County sheriff Robert Moore, pending posting of bond.

Andrew D. Herley, 20, of Neligh was granted continuance of his pretrial hearing, to Aug. 25, and jury trial, to Sept. 20, on a Class 2A felony, possession of a stolen firearm, alleged May 2. He pleaded not guilty May 26.

Bond posted May 4 in the amount of $5,000, 10%, is continued. He is represented by public defender Patrick Carney.

Johnson issued a warrant for the arrest of Joseph Hogeland, setting bond at $150.

Hogeland, 41, who was convicted of resisting arrest in 2019, failed to pay $137 costs.


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