Stewart found guilty on two counts, not guilty on two counts

Staff Writer

The jury returned verdicts in the Custer County District Court trial of the State of Nebraska v. John L. Stewart of Anselmo Thursday afternoon, Oct. 26, 2017.

Stewart was found guilty on two counts and not guilty on two counts.

At 12:37 p.m., the jury returned the following verdicts:

Count 1: Terroristic Threats, Class IIIA Felony - Not guilty
Count 2: Kidnapping, Class II Felony - Not Guilty
Count 3: Criminal Mischief, Class I Misdemeanor in the amount of $3,000 - Guilty
Count 4: Domestic Assault-3rd degree, Class I Misdemeanor - Guilty

Sentencing is set for Dec. 7 in Custer County District Court.

To be considered for probation, Stewart must provide the court with a chemical dependency evaluation.

Bond was modified to $50,000/10 percent. He is ordered to have no contact with his wife, KaDee Stewart, as well as Shane Leverington and Phyllis Larsen.

The jury entered deliberation at 10:14 a.m. Wednesday morning after a two day trial in which witnesses testified and evidence was produced about events that occurred May 22, 1027 in Custer County between Stewart and his wife, KaDee. Introduced into evidence were photos of bruising, photos of a damaged car, part of a broken guitar, text messages, and testimony about extramarital relationships and alleged use of methamphetamine. Stewart himself was the last witness to take the stand Tuesday afternoon.

Editor's note 10/17/2017: The above information has been changed to accurately reflect the charges. The original charge of Count 2, Kidnapping, Class IA Felony, was amended by the state Oct. 19, 2017 to Kidnapping, Class II Felony, which carries a penalty of 1 to 50 years if found guilty. Pertaining to Count 3, the amount of $3,000 reduced the original charge of Criminal Mischief from a Class 4 Felony to Class 1 Misdemeanor.