By Sandy Schroth

Felony charge dropped in plea deal Burglary plan interrupted by 16-year-old resident


November 16, 2023

Gerald C. Strackbein, 32, of O’Neill appeared in front of the Honorable Kale Burdick on Nov. 7, in the Holt County courtroom in O’Neill, for sentencing on a count of first-degree criminal trespassing.

Burdick sentenced Strackbein to a 12-month term of probation, including $390 in fees, and taxed him $62 costs for the July 17 crime.

Strackbein pleaded no contest Sept. 19, pursuant to a plea agreement with Holt County attorney Brent Kelly. In return Kelly dismissed a count of attempted burglary.

According to an arrest affidavit filed by an O’Neill police officer, police were called to a...

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