Collins sentenced to prison as sex offender

Danny M. Collins, 44, was sentenced to 3 - 5 years in the Nebraska State Department of Corrections March 7, for attempted 1st degree sexual assault. Prior to the sentence being handed down by Judge Karin Noakes in Custer County District Court last week, the prosecution reminded the court that there were multiple victims in this case, and they were quite young at the time of the incidents. County Attorney Steven Bowers stated that the victims are currently “in therapy, and will be for a long time.” Defense attorney Mike Borders reminded the court that his client did admit to the crime and has fully cooperated with authorities. Borders says Collins has also shown remorse for his actions and has apologized to the victims and their family. Collins was given credit for 206 days served in the Custer County Jail. That means he will be eligible for parole in 18 months minus 206 days. He is also required to register as a sex offender, which he did the day of his sentencing. Three other individuals were sentenced during the March 7 court proceedings. Bradley Sintek, 27 of Ord, was sentenced on an amended charge of theft by taking, a Class I misdemeanor. Sintek was sentenced to two years supervised probation, during which time he must make regular monthly payments to the court for restitution in the amount of $4,757.85, payable to Trotters. Matthew Grubtill, 22 of Broken Bow, was also sentenced on an amended charge of theft, a Class I misdemeanor. Grubtill was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $353.77 to Leon Books, and ordered to pay a $500 fine plus costs. Finally, Nathan W. Amos, 26 of Sargent, was sentenced on an amended charge of 3rd degree assault. Amos was fined $300 and ordered to pay all court costs. Three men were arraigned on felony charges March 7. Christopher Lightford, 20 of Broken Bow, is charged with theft by taking, a Class IV felony, for an incident that occurred in August 2012. Lightford plead not guilty, and the case was set for jury trial June 10. A pretrial hearing was set for May 23. Also arraigned was 41-year-old Ricky Martinez of Broken Bow. He is charged with driving under the influence - 3rd offense, aggravated, from an incident Jan. 26, 2013, in which he had a .178 blood alcohol content. The charge is a Class IIIA felony, which carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 180 days in jail, and a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison, and/or $10,000 fine. If convicted his license would also be revoked for a period of 15 years. Martinez plead not guilty to the charge. The case was set for jury trial June 10, with a pretrial hearing May 23. The final arraignment of the day was Travis Marcus, 29 of St. Peters, Mo. Marcus has been charged with 1st degree sexual assault of a child, a Class IB felony. The alleged incident occurred during the summer of 2009, when the alleged victim was under the age of 12. The charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and maximum of 50 years in prison. A conviction would also require Marcus to register as a sex offender. He entered a plea of not guilty, and the case was set for pretrial hearing May 23, with jury trial set for June. 10. He remains in the Custer County Jail on 10 percent of $100,000 bond.