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Richard B. Valentine
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Cynthia S. Valentine
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Justin W. Valentine
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Joey A. Zeigler

Richard Valentine was sentenced Monday in Lincoln County District Court to 2-5 years in the state penitentiary for forgery and theft by taking.

In addition, Valentine, 49, received a 60-day sentence, a $500 fine and he lost his license for 60 days for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Valentine was arrested Sept. 3, 2015, for stealing a skid-steer loader and trailer -- property valued more than $5,000 from Troyer Enterprises and Nebraska Machinery.

Then on Feb. 22, 2016, he was arrested for cashing a forged check for $5,800.

On July 31, 2016, he was stopped for no license plates on his vehicle and he failed an alcohol test. A search of the vehicle turned up alcohol and prescription drugs for which he had no prescription.

As part of a plea agreement, charges of possession of a controlled substance as well as trespassing and criminal mischief were dismissed.

Deputy County Attorney Angela Franz argued for a lengthy sentence based on the pre-sentence investigation and his past criminal history.

Defense Attorney Martin Troshynski said his client has been working with a certified drug, alcohol and gambling addiction counselor at Platte Valley Recovery House.

“The counselor told me he wanted to continue working with him,” Troshynski said. “The big issue with him is gambling, but his drug addiction is the root cause of his problems. I would suggest that maybe probation makes more sense, since he has been making changes.”

Valentine said he is thankful for the chances he has been given and then, he addressed his family. “The counseling has got me into some ground-breaking things and got me believing some things to help me change my behaviors,” he said. “And I would like to say to my mother, my father and my nephews that I love you.”

Lincoln County District Judge Richard Birch said that probation was not appropriate.

“Your substance abuse has been out of control,” he said. “Your prior record can be generously described as poor.”

Birch handed down the sentences. He gave credit for 229 days Valentine’s been in jail and ordered the sentences to run at the same time (concurrently.)



Cynthia Valentine was sentenced to 1.5 - 3 years in the penitentiary for attempted possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

Valentine, 26, was convicted in September 2016, but sentencing was deferred pending successful completion of drug court. She didn’t make it. She was charged with a probation violation on Dec. 27, as well as drug court non-compliance.

County Attorney Rebecca Harling said a prison term is appropriate, since Valentine continued to get into trouble, did not comply with the terms of drug court, fled the area and was finally found in Oberlin, Kan.

Troshynski, her defense attorney, asked for credit for time served in jail, and Birch did that, giving her credit for 176 days.



Justin Valentine, 27, was sentenced to 24 months’ probation for theft by deception.

Valentine was arrested on Oct. 12, 2015 and he entered treatment in April 2016.

A presentence investigation report recommended probation.

Troshynski said he was proud of Valentine.

“After spending a lot of time in jail, he entered a treatment program that he completed successfully and then went to a half-way house,” Troshynski said.

He said the experience changed his client’s life.

“He is now being a help to a lot of people, showing them how to avoid going down the same path,” he said. Valentine thanked the court for getting him help.

Birch noted that Valentine’s criminal record is extensive, but said he is impressed with his progress.

“You have done everything and more that has been asked of you,” he said. “Along with serving 182 days in jail, you decided you either do it on your own or not. It looks like you are doing it.”

“Basically, by going to treatment and the half-way house, you have already been on probation the last year, so I will credit it towards your 24 months’ sentence, since you are getting things turned around.”



In other court sentencings, Joey Zeigler, 39, received 364 days in jail for domestic assault.

Zeigler was arrested Dec. 24 at 2:30 p.m., after a 45 year-old woman said he started an argument, threatened to harm her dogs, produced a pocket knife, held it to her throat and told her he would cut her throat before hurting the dogs, then left.

Police found him hiding under a bush near the residence.

Troshynski said his client would like to get a work release and ask for credit for time served.

Birch gave him credit for 79 days, and did not oppose a work release.



Michael Jara Jr., was sentenced to 119 days in jail for attempted possession of amphetamine. Jara, 20, pled no contest in a deal that reduced the charge to a misdemeanor and dismissed other charges.

In exchange for the plea, the county agreed to sentence him to time served. Rowlands gave him credit for 122 days served, reserving the extra three to cover costs.


Other proceedings:

• Pamala Steeby, 52, was sentenced to 120 days in jail for possession of methamphetamine. Birch gave her credit for 33 days served.

• Bill Cheever Jr., was sentenced to 120 days in jail for a July 18 meth possession conviction. Cheever, 28, asked for time to report. Birch gave him until March 20.


Four no-shows

• Michelle Perdomo did not appear for her arraignment on a charge of assault on a confined person. This was the second time she failed to appear.

‘We’ve been here before,” Birch said. “We are here, she is not.” He revoked her bond and issued an arrest warrant.

• Likewise, Aaron Thomas, 39 did not show up for arraignment on a charge of first-degree forgery. Defense Attorney Amanda Speichert asked for a continuance, but Franz objected.

“He waived his preliminary hearing, we did a bond reduction and now he did not show up,” Franz said. Birch overruled the motion, revoked bond and issued a warrant for Thomas' arrest.

• Sara Cyrus, 30, failed to report for her status hearing on two counts of possession of a controlled substance. Defense Attorney Michael Nozicka asked for a continuance, but Franz objected, noting she missed a earlier hearing too.

Rowlands revoked her bond and issued a warrant, but said he would hold it until Thursday. “If she isn’t here, then I will serve it,” he said.

• Also. Joshua Trisdale, 37, did not show up for a status hearing on theft and burglary charges. Troshynski asked for a continuance, but Rowlands overruled and issued a warrant to be served Thursday.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 3/13/2017
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