Joshua D. Polanco
Joshua D. Polanco was sentenced Monday to one-and-a-half to three years in the state penitentiary for possession of cocaine.
Polanco, 27, was sentenced in April 2011 to prison for cocaine distribution, but he stands convicted of distributing again in November.
Polanco was on parole in November, when he was picked up again and charged with cocaine distribution and violation of parole, according to Lincoln County Sheriff’s records.
Polanco has been in the Lincoln County Jail since then, held without bail.
Also in district court Monday, Juan F. Martinez pled not guilty to charges of sexual assault, terroristic threats and third-degree assault in the alleged rape of a teenage girl and beating of her friend at the Sutherland Reservoir on May 18. His case was continued to Nov. 9 for jury trial.
The alleged victim last May said Martinez followed her toward a public bathroom and made advances, which she rejected. Investigators believe Martinez forced her into the bathroom and raped her.
Eventually the victim got away, returned to her campsite and told friends. Soon Martinez and Clemente H. Carrizales arrived. Martinez grabbed the girl and said she was going to stay the night with him. A young man stepped in to protect her and he was assaulted by both Carrizales and Martinez, according to a sheriff’s statement.
Carrizales allegedly hit the young man several times with a log from the campfire, burning him and setting his hair on fire, the sheriff’s statement said.
The female tried to help her friend, and Carrizales and Martinez physically assaulted her again, the sheriff said.
Carrizales and Martinez fled. Witnesses gave deputies a description and the direction they headed toward. Deputies found them driving on So. River Road that night and took them into custody. Martinez has been in jail since, held on a $500,000 bond.
Anthony Lee Bennett, 36, of North Platte was arraigned for possession of a synthetic controlled substance (klonopin). Bennett pled not guilty.
He was arrested March 19 and released two days later after paying 10 percent of a $10,000 bond. His jury trial is set Nov. 9.
Bennett’s record dates back to 2010 and includes two DUIs, theft and protection order violations.
• David T. Mullen faced charges of possessing steroids and methadone. His case was continued to Sept. 17.
• Dennis C. Smartt-Mead pled not guilty to second degree assault and use of a deadly weapon. His trail is set for Nov. 9.