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Eric Bartels
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Sky Durre
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Sammie Lee
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Joseph Martino
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Taylor Powell

A North Platte man was sentenced Monday in Lincoln County District Court to a year in jail for domestic assault.

Eric Bartles, 33, pled no contest to a reduced charge and received credit for 133 days served against his 365-day sentence.

Bartels was arrested in October. According to prosecutor Tonya Roberts-Connick, a police officer saw Bartels get into an argument with his intimate partner in the North Platte McDonald's parking lot. The woman tried to run away, prompting Bartels to grab her and take her to the ground, Roberts-Connick said.

A third person intervened, which allowed the woman to run toward the Platte River Mall, the prosecutor said. Police responded to the mall parking lot. The victim was found inside the building, hiding in a bathroom stall. Bartels was in the next stall, screaming at the woman and kicking the divider, Roberts-Connick continued.

A plea agreement lowered the charge against Bartels to third-degree domestic assault, a class-1 misdemanor, with a maximum penalty of a year in jail or prison. In requesting the most strict sentence under the law, Roberts-Connick noted Bartels has an extensive criminal history, including time served in the state penitentiary and a previous conviction for domestic assault.

In other court action:

• Sky Durre pled no contest to an amended charge of sexual assault of a person under 14 years of age by a person over 19 years of age. Durre was arrested after the mother of a 14-year-old girl told authorities there was sexual contact between her daughter and Durre, 20, in July.

Sentencing isscheduled for April 10.

• Joseph Martino,37, was sentenced to 90 days with credit for time served on one count of attempted possession of methamphetamine, a class-one misdemeanor.

According to statements made by prosecutors, in December 2015 Martino fled from police and tried to discard an eye glasses case. Officers recovered the case and discovered several baggies of methamphetamine inside.

Martino pleaded no contest because he said he wanted to take advantage of the offered plea deal. However, he took issue with the account provided by prosecutors in court, and asked to make a statement before sentencing.

Martino said he'd picked up an acquaintance, Bradley Clark, to give him a ride home. When police pulled them over, Clark threw the case at Martino, who panicked and put it in his pocket. The officers conducted pat down searches, the defendant said. When the officer patted the glasses case, Martino panicked again and ran.

"I've never been in any trouble," Martino said. "I'm married, I have three kids. I think I'm an outstanding citizen."

Martino acknowledged he should not have run from police but said 90 days was too much and all he really did wrong was give someone a ride.



• Andrew Bruce, 27, was sentenced to 270 days for a reduced felony charge of resisting arrest. Judge Donald Rowlands gave Bruce credit for 152 days served.

• Juan Martinez, 24, was sentenced to 90 days for a reduced charge of attempted failure to report an address change as a sex offender. Rowlands granted 34 days credit for time served and gave Martinez a week to secure work release before reporting to jail.

• Taylor Powell, 24, pleaded guilty to felony counts of possession of ambien and possession of hydrocodone.

Rowlands deferred sentencing to allow Powell to enter the Drug Court program. The judge told her that if she successfuly completes the program, she can return to court and ask for the convictions to be set aside. If she fails to complete the course, she will be sentenced on both counts.

• Sammie Lee, 35, was sentenced to 60 days for a reduced count of failing to register as a sex offender (lifelong registrant). Rowlands credited Lee for time served (to be determined by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office) and gave him a week to report to arrange work release.

Lee said he had no violations in four years prior to this, and was working multiple jobs and staying out of trouble. He said he made an honest mistake when he tried to move to Colorado without properly notifying the state of Nebraska.


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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 2/27/2017
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