A North Platte man who broke into a home and stole hundreds of dollars worth of video games in December was sentenced to 10 days in jail Thursday after his grandmother paid restitution to the victim.
Paul Swoboda, 20, pled guilty to theft and trespassing Thursday in Lincoln County Court.
Swoboda was initially charged with burglary after he broke into a man’s home Dec. 12 and stole video games while the man was out of town. The games had an estimated value of $305. Investigators arrested Swoboda April 23 after he admitted stealing the games.
Swoboda faced 20 years in prison until he reached a plea agreement with prosecutors to reimburse the victim and reduce the felony charge to two misdemeanors.
But it wasn’t Swoboda who made the amends. His grandmother gave the court $320.
Prosecutor Tanya Roberts-Connick said Swoboda’s only prior criminal conviction was disturbing the peace. She said she was fine with crediting him for time already served, since restitution was paid.
“Your grandma will probably be waiting for you when you get out,” Judge Kent Turnbull told Swoboda.
An hour later, Swoboda was released.
In other action:
Justin Place, 27, of North Platte pled guilty to assaulting and spitting on his ex-wife.
Place was arrested April 22 after he trailed his ex-wife’s car for awhile and forced her to pull over. When she got out, he spat on her and shoved her while her children were there, Roberts-Connick said.
Place posted 10 percent of a $5,000 bond and was released from jail the next day, according to sheriff’s records. He was charged with domestic assault, criminal mischief and child abuse, but prosecutors dropped two of those three charges in exchange for his plea Thursday.
Turnbull ordered a presentence investigation. He said Place’s criminal history needs to be studied before deciding what kind of punishment to hand down.
Place will be sentenced June 7.