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One of four adults charged with the sexual assault of a minor pleaded not guilty in Lincoln County District Court Monday.

Ryan Winters, 20, joined Rex Yates and Jacob Hays in pleading not guilty to the crime. Yates and Hays both made their court appearances Monday, Sept. 28.

The fourth person charged, Samantha Grant, is due to appear in County Court Oct. 8.

Winters’ attorney, Patrick B. Hays, requested a jury trial in December. He stated that he anticipated filing several motions prior to the start of the trial.

Winters allegedly had sexual contact with the 15-year-old victim of the crime at Lake Maloney this summer. Yates and Grant, who are married, are accused of having sex with the minor after Winters, while Hays supposedly had a sexual relationship with the girl last year.

The quartet was arrested after the victim described the abuses during an interview at the Bridge of Hope Facility.

In other Lincoln County District Court action:

• Terry Johnson was sentenced to 90 days in Lincoln County jail for driving under suspension. Johnson also had his license revoked for 15 years.

Judge Donald Rowlands cited Johnson’s history of drunken driving as the reason for the jail time, even though Johnson had not been drinking when he was cited for driving with a suspended license.

• Brian Anderson, 41, pleaded not guilty to four counts of second-offense issuing bad checks, a class-four felony. He faces up to five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both for each count if convicted.

A status hearing was set for Nov. 23. Anderson’s attorney Amanda Speichert indicated that a deal involving restitution was possibly coming.

• James Horn, 20, was sentenced to 210 days in Lincoln County jail on charges of theft and assaulting an officer.

Horn got 30 days for theft, with credit for 7 days served, and 180 days for third-degree assault of an officer. The sentences will be served consecutively.

Horn allegedly struck an officer while he was being tazed.

Rowlands stated that Horn had a lengthy juvenile record and was unlikely to successfully complete probation.

Speichert asked for two weeks for Horn to report to jail. Rowlands denied the request, citing Horn’s unemployment and saying that there was no need to arrange a work release.

Horn asked Rowlands to reconsider, saying that he was the primary caregiver to his child and that he needed time to make arrangements.

Rowlands again denied the request and remanded Horn to the custody of the Sheriff’s office.

• Lydia Kleinow, 44, was sentenced to 180 days in jail for theft and child abuse. She was given 28 days credit for time served in jail and 30 days credit for completing a treatment program.

Rowlands said that he disagreed with the pre-sentence investigation’s recommendation of probation, stating that Kleinow had already been on probation twice.

Kleinow, who is unemployed, also had her request for two weeks to report denied. She wanted to make care arrangements for her child.

“You should have made arrangements before you came to court,” Rowlands said.

• Devin Baker, 24, pleaded not guilty to second-degree assault and making terroristic threats. Baker is charged with a late August incident involving an altercation with Ricardo Ponce. Baker allegedly fired a gun inside a house where children were present.

Baker bonded out but asked that he be released on his own recognizance because his family is financially strapped.

Rowlands agreed to lower the bond so Baker’s family could recoup some of their money.

Baker was ordered to have no contact with Ponce and had his trial date set for Dec. 1.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 10/5/2009
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