Vincent pleads to three felonies; sentencing set for July 21
Ronald J. Vincent, 49 of Sargent, appeared in Custer County District Court last week for arraignment. After reaching a plea agreement with the state, Vincent entered pleas of No Contest to three felony counts. Vincent had originally been charged with seven felonies, following an April 26 incident northwest of Sargent in which he lost control of his 1994 Ford pickup and hit an embankment. Vincent threatened two passers-by who stopped to render aid, with a gun he had in the seat of the pickup. The two men were able to wrestle the gun away from Vincent. As part of the agreement, Vincent plead no contest to; count 1 - DUI, 4th offense, a Class IIIA felony count 2 - Terroristic Threats, a Class IV felony count 3 - Use of a firearm to commit a felony, a Class II felony Count 1 carries a possible penalty of 0-5 years imprisonment, $10,000 fine, 15-year license revocation and a mandatory minimum 180 days in jail Count 2 carries a possible penalty of 0-5 years imprisonment, and Count 3 carries a possible penalty of 1-50 years imprisonment, and is required to be served consecutively to any other sentence. Vincent’s blood alcohol level at the time of his arrest was .227. He is currently in the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center at the Nebraska Department of Corrections in Lincoln awaiting sentencing, which was set for July 21. His bond remains at 10 percent of $150,000. Also appearing for arraignment June 2, was 40-year-old Ricky A. Martinez of Broken Bow. Martinez is charged with four felonies: Count 1 - 3rd degree assault of a police officer, a Class IIIA felony Count 2 - resisting arrest, 2nd offense, a Class IIIA felony Count 3 - habitual criminal Count 4 - 3rd degree domestic assault, a Class I misdemeanor He plead not guilty to all charges. The case was set for jury trial Oct 11 at 9:30 a.m., with a pretrial hearing set for Sept. 22. Charles D. Bishop, 53 of Grand Island, entered a plea of no contest to a amended charge of theft by receiving, a Class IV felony. The amended charge was part of a plea agreement with the state, and in exchange for his plea Bishop will receive the same sentence as his co-defendant. Sentencing has been set for July 21. Robb M. Eacker, 44 of Broken Bow, appeared for hearings in two separate cases involving probation violations. Eacker had been sentenced to two years probation Aug. 5, 2010. He is accused of violating that probation by committing theft May 5, 2011, from Pamida, writing and forging a check and being in possession of a forged check. He also allegedly tested positive for alcohol, and refused a search of his residence. Eacker denied all allegations against him. Both cases were set for hearing Aug. 4 at 11 a.m.. His bond in each case was set at 10 percent of $5,000, to run concurrent. Michael Hilkemeier, 25 of Broken Bow, appeared before Judge Noakes on a motion to terminate him from problem solving court for violating probation. Hilkemeier admitted the allegations that he violated probation and waived his right to a termination hearing. Sentencing was set for July 31 at 9:30 a.m. His bond was continued. Ted Cooper of North Platte was scheduled for a pretrial conference, however in an agreement with the state Cooper changed his plea to no contest to two Class I misdemeanor charges of; Count 1 - Terroristic threats Count 2 - 3rd degree assault As part of the agreement Cooper and his attorney asked to proceed straight to sentencing. The state recommended a sentence of two years probation on each count. Cooper’s attorney noted that this was a family dispute between his client and his client’s father-in-law in which no physical violence took place. Judge Noakes ordered Cooper to serve four years probation, two on each count to run consecutively.