By Sandy Schroth

O'Neill woman charged in beating of confidential informant


August 24, 2023

Two O’Neill residents had multiple felony counts bound over to the Holt County district court last week by the Honorable Kale Burdick.

Bobbie I. Kleinberg, 44, faced Burdick in the Holt County courtroom in O’Neill for an arraignment hearing on five felony counts alleged July 4, in O’Neill. She waived her right to preliminary hearing and was ordered to appear for arraignment in the district courtroom Aug. 28, on charges including, Count I, first-degree assault, a Class 2 felony; Count II, terroristic threats, a Class 3A felony; Count III, first-degree false imprisonment, a Class 3A felony; Count IV, tampering with a witness or informant, a Class 4 felony; and Count V, first-degree sexual assault, a Class 2 felony.

Kleinberg was remanded to the custody of the Holt County sheriff, pending posting of bond in the amount of $250,000, 10% cash. A bond review hearing was held July 18, at which time Burdick found bond was reasonable as previously set - due to “the nature of the offenses charged, the defendant’s record of failure to appear at court hearings, the defendant’s character and mental condition and alleged violence against a confidential informant.”

Ashley Boettcher of O’Neill was appointed by Burdick Aug. 1, to represent Kleinberg “due to a conflict of interest or the unavailability of the public defender.”

Ronald M. Allision, 39, is also set for district court arraignment Aug. 28. On Aug. 14, he filed written waiver of his right to, and appearance at, a preliminary hearing. Burdick bound the case over Aug. 15. Bond posted July 25, in the amount of $100,000, 10%, is continued.

Allison is charged with five counts alleged between June 1, 2021, and Feb. 28, 2022, in O’Neill. The charges include Count I, third-degree sexual assault of a child, a Class 3A felony; Count II, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a Class I misdemeanor; and counts III, IV and V, Class 2 felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance (marijuana) near a playground or school.

A warrant was issued for Allison’s arrest July 20 after the O’Neill Police Department and the Northeast Nebraska Child Advocacy Center conducted interviews with the alleged sexual assault victim. Allison was arrested the following day.

The police department received a report from Nebraska Dept. of Health and Human Service staff in September 2022, regarding two alleged sexual assaults, in November 2021 and February 2022, of a female juvenile.

Allison is represented by Holt County public defender Rod Smith.


Burdick also fined an O’Neill man for misdemeanor offenses last week.

Ryan D. Allily, 50, waived his right to counsel and pleaded guilty to speeding (16-20 miles per hour over the posted limit, municipal), an infraction, and no operator’s license, a Class 3 misdemeanor, pursuant to a plea agreement with Holt County attorney Brent Kelly. In return, Kelly dismissed a reckless driving charge. Burdick fined Allily $125 and $75, respectively, and assessed $50 costs for the July 11 offenses.


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