Anthony Fleecs, 19, was convicted Thursday of midemeanor assault in Lincoln County Court but released from jail, in consideration of the 89 days he’s served since his arrest. Fleecs was originally charged with felony aiding and abating terroristic threats in March. When he faced the charges in county court, he waived his preliminary hearing and the charges were bound over to district court.
However, Deputy County Attorney Kourtnei Hoeft said the county reduced the charge to a misdemeanor and brought back to county court because depositions from the victim “had not gone well.”
In exchange for Fleecs’ plea, prosecutors agreed to sentence Fleecs to the time he's already served.
Lincoln County Court Judge Kent Turnbull was not thrilled with the plea agreement. He warned Fleecs that anytime a juvenile comes before him and returns later as an adult, he is “usually harder” on them.
Fleecs, along with Brian Parra-Munoz, 20, and Tyrone Brave, 19, were charged for assaulting a man on March 23 on two occasions.
According to the police report, Parra-Munoz chambered a round in a shotgun and pointed it at the victim. Brave and Fleecs urged Parra-Munoz to shoot, although he didn’t.
Police said the four men were at a laundromat later, then walked to a nearby residence. Brave reportedly punched the man in the face, knocking him to the ground, and the trio berated him while he was on the ground.
Fleecs pled no contest to the reduced charge.
“I am not liking this agreement,” Turnbull said. “I think you need more structure than this sentence, but I will go along with it.” He credited Fleecs with 91 days served. The extra two days covered court costs.
As of Thursday evening, Parra-Munoz remained in jail on the charges.
In other court proceedings, Thomas Foster Jr. waived his right to a preliminary hearing on two charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.
Foster, 22, was arrested after the Nebraska State Patrol set up two separate undercover buys of just less than a gram of meth for $90 each, according to police reports.
The deals were made in October and November, respectively. Foster has been in jail for 64 days since January, held on $250,000 bond.
In exchange for his waiver, Defense Attorney Blaine Gillett asked for a bond reduction, which is standard practice.
Hoeft did not object.
Turnbull reduced bond to $100,000 and bound the case over to district court.