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Clemente Carrizales

Clemente Carrizales pled not guilty Monday to a series of charges related to the alleged assaults of two teenagers at the Sutherland Reservoir.

Carrizales faces charges of second degree assault, use of a deadly weapon, attempted second degree assault and refusal to take a chemical test.

Defense attorney Kent Florom asked Lincoln County District Judge Donald Rowlands for time to contact two more witnesses, and Rowlands granted the request.

Florom also asked for a bond reduction. Lincoln County Attorney Rebecca Harling objected to that, citing Carrizales’ lengthy criminal history, the young age of the alleged victims, and noting that both had to be treated at the hospital.

District Judge Rowlands denied the bond reduction. Carrizales returned to the Lincoln County Jail, held on $125,000 bond.

Both Carrizales, 29, and Juan Martinez, 19, were charged with assaults on May 18 at a camping area at Hershey Beach at the reservoir south of Sutherland.

A teenage girl said Martinez followed her toward a public bathroom and made advances, which she rejected, but Martinez forced her into the bathroom and raped her, Investigators said.

Eventually the girl got away, returned to her campsite and told friends. Soon Martinez and Carrizales arrived. Martinez grabbed the girl and said she was going to stay the night with him. A young man stepped in to protect her. He was assaulted by both Carrizales and Martinez, a sheriff’s statement said.

According to a sheriff’s spokesman, Carrizales allegedly hit the young man several times with a log from the campfire, burning him and setting his hair on fire. The girl tried to help and Carrizales and Martinez also physically assaulted her again, the spokesman said.

Carrizales and Martinez fled, but witnesses gave deputies a description and the direction they headed toward. Deputies found them driving on So. River Road, took them into custody and put them in jail. Carrizales was driving.


In other district court action Monday, Charles Lavern Simants, 31, of North Platte was convicted of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

Simants was charged on Dec. 29 when the Nebraska State Patrol found 1.33 pounds of marijuana in his home, along with $7,300 cash and a weapon. He was originally charged with possession with intent to deliver, possessing money during a drug crime and using a weapon to commit a drug crime, but a plea agreement was reached.

Defense attorney Patrick Hayes asked for a bond reduction, noting that Simants is a lifelong resident of the area and holds a job.

District Judge Don Rowlands set bond at 10 percent of $2,500 and ordered Simants to reappear soon for sentencing.

Simants is a cousin of Erwin Charles Simants, who was found not guilty by reason of insanity of the 1975 murder of a Sutherland family.


James Hobbs, 22, of North Platte was convicted of first-degree sexual assault of a child. He will be sentenced Sept. 17.

Hobbs has been in jail since Jan. 9, held on a $250,000 bond. Investigators said he had sex with a 15-year-old girl against her will. The girl first told her mother about it on Oct. 22.

Hobbs pled guilty and waived his right to a trial.


Scott Benjamin Trueblood, 26, of North Platte pled not guilty to possession of in Lincoln County District Court Monday. He faced charges of possession of Lorazepam and less than an ounce of marijuana.

Trueblood, who is allegedly a fugitive from justice in Lancaster County, is also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Trueblood’s trial was set for Sept. 7. He is free on 10 percent of a $25,000 bond.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 7/3/2012
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