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Donald Warfield
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Donald Wyman, III

Sex offender Donald Warfield, 69, will remain in the Lincoln County Jail, after his request for a bond reduction was denied.

Warfield’s defense attorney Patrick Hays told Lincoln County District Judge Richard Birch that his client has been jail since June 11 and that he lives with family in Lincoln County. Hays said Warfield needs continuing medical care and is not a flight risk.

Hays asked for a lower bond but didn’t specify an amount.

Deputy Lincoln County Attorney Jennifer Wellan asked that bond remain at $125,000. Birch said he was not willing to lower the bond and Warfield could make arrangements with the detention center for his medical needs.

The alleged victim, now 15-years-old, told authorities that Warfield began inappropriately touching her when she was seven and the assaults continued for 3-4 years. Police said the victim matured and grew confident before telling authorities what happened.

In Nebraska, there is no statute of limitations on child sexual assault.

Warfield is a registered sex offender as the result of a 2002 conviction of third-degree sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl. He was also arrested in April for failing to register as a sex offender.


Also in district court Monday, Donald L. Wyman, 49, of North Platte was arraigned on three counts of writing bad checks – two for less than $200 and one for more than $1,500.

The charges stem from allegedly passing bad checks at ABC Auto, Town and Country Western Wear and Philips County Bank.

Defense attorney Patrick Hays asked for more time to meet with the Lincoln County attorney’s office to work out plea arrangements. Hays said Wyman will likely plead not guilty but he wants more information from the county attorney first.

Deputy Lincoln County attorney Jennifer Wellan had no objection to a continuance and Birch set a new court date of Nov. 5.

Wyman priors include contempt of court, failure to appear (five times), five protection order violations, stalking, terroristic threats, intimidation as well as DUI and DUS violations. He was once cited for operating a motorized bicycle on city streets after he t-boned a Jeep Cherokee at an intersection.

According to court records, some of the past protection order violations came from calling an ex-girlfriend more than 40 times, leaving threatening and vulgar messages, prosecutors say.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 9/17/2012
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