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Kimberly Jo Small, 51, of North Platte was sentenced Monday to 36 months of probation and 90 days in jail for unauthorized use of a financial transaction device.

Small used a credit card belonging to her parents without permission while they were in her care, stealing $14,000.

Defense attorney Stephen Potter asked Lincoln County District Judge Richard Birch for probation, after noting the court would likely ask for some up-front jail time as well as restitution.

Deputy Lincoln County Attorney Jennifer Wellan asked for penitentiary time. She said a significant amount of money was stolen and Small took advantage of her own family.

Potter argued that time in the pen would not help because Small is now working and would not be able to pay restitution from the pen.

Small had pleaded no contest to the charge.

Birch allowed her two-and-a-half-weeks to report to the jail because she said her employer is on vacation and she is needed at work until they return.

She was ordered to report to the county jail on Oct. 5, and also ordered to repay her parents an amount that the attorneys will mutually set.


Clemente Carrizales, 29, of Hershey appeared in court for his alleged role in the assaults of two teenagers on a beach of the Sutherland Reservoir in May.

Carrizales is charged with aggravated assault, use of a weapon to commit a felony, driving under suspension, driving under the influence of alcohol and refusal to take a chemical test.

Carrizales pleaded not guilty to the charges in July. He has been is held in the county jail since May 18. His bond, originally $125,000, is currently $25,000.

Deputy Lincoln County Attorney Tanya Roberts-Connick said prosecutors need more time to gather and process information.

Defense attorney Kent Florom asked for a jury trial and a bond reduction.

Roberts-Connick argued that the bond should remain the same, citing the defendant’s history of trouble with the law. She noted that the alleged victims were very young and had to be treated at a hospital.

Lincoln County District judge Richard Birch set a trial date of Oct. 9 and refused to lower the bond.

“I have reduced the bond once and cannot go any lower than the $25,000,” Birch said.

Carrizales and Juan Felipe Martinez of North Platte were both charged with assaults after a teenage girl said that Martinez raped her, investigators said. She got away, returned to her campsite and told friends. Martinez and Carrizales came to the campsite and a young man stepped up to protect her and was attacked by Carrizales and Martinez, according to a Lincoln County Sheriff’s statement. Carrizales allegedly hit the man several times with a log from the fire, burning him and setting his hair on fire. The girl tried to help and was again physically assaulted, the sheriff’s statement said.

Deputies picked up Carrizales and Martinez later in a car on So. River Road and arrested them. Carrizales was driving.


Christopher Angelo Gonzales, 29, of North Platte, was arraigned on charges of tampering with a witness, child abuse, and assault by mutual consent and criminal mischief.

The tampering with a witness charge was alleged after Gonzales was jailed on the other charges. Prosecutors said he made phone calls from the jail, trying to manipulate a witness.

Gonzales pled not guilty.

Defense attorney Robert Lindemeier asked for a jury trial and a bond reduction. Birch declined to reduce the bond, which remains at $12,500, and set a jury trial date of Oct. 9.

Birch recused himself from the trial because as an attorney, he once represented the victim.


Shadoe Wright, 21, was convicted Monday of attempted sexual assault of a child and procuring alcohol for a minor.

Wright pled no contest to the charges. Birch ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set sentencing for Oct. 12. He advised her that she will have to register as a sex offender.

Defense attorney Kent Florom asked her bond be reduced to $10,000, and Birch granted the request. Wright has been in jail since May 31 on her fourth arrest since 2010.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 9/17/2012
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