Tyler Keup appeared in Lincoln County Court Thursday to be arraigned for possession of amphetamine with intent to deliver and carrying a concealed weapon. Defense attorney Patrick Hays asked to withdraw from the case due to a conflict of interest. Lincoln County Judge Michael Piccolo said another public defender would be assigned.
Deputy Lincoln County Attorney Jennifer Wellan told Piccolo that her office would amend the weapons charge to possession of a deadly weapon by a restricted person (from possession.) Wellen said the other charges -- two counts of drug distribution and two counts of drug possession -- would stay the same.
Keup attempted to discuss the weapon (knife) with Piccolo. He said it belonged to Brandi Sanchez, the passenger in the car and pointed out that the knife was under that seat.
Piccolo advised him that he should wait and discuss that with his attorney. Keup asked Piccolo if he could get a bond reduction and Wellan objected saying,, “he has a prior conviction that was drug related and I would not agree to any bond reduction.”
Piccolo denied the reduction and left Keup’s bond at $250,000.
Quincey Shugart, 34, of North Platte, charged with aggravated assault in the stabbing of a North Platte man on Thanksgiving Day.
Shugart waived his preliminary hearing and Piccolo bound the case over to district court.
A preliminary hearing on a charge of third-degree assault, for which Shugart was cited on Monday, was continued until Jan. 31.
Defense attorney Amanda Speichert asked for a bond reduction with no objection from Deputy Lincoln County Attorney Jennifer Wellan. Piccolo reduced the bond from $100,000 to $50,000.
If Shugart pays the required 10 percent, that will also fulfill his requirement on a $10,000 bond for the separate third-degree assault charge.
A charge of third-degree assault was dropped against David Lee Shutler, 43, in a plea bargain with the Lincoln County Attorney’s Office.
The agreement is that Shutler plead no contest and be convicted of criminal mischief and trespassing. Shutler accepted the agreement.
He was sentenced to nine days jail with credit for nine days served.
Shutler was arrested Nov. 20 when the North Platte Police were called to the Alamo Bar about a disturbance inside. As the officers went in the bar they saw Shutler yelling and throw a pitcher of beer at the bartender. When they ordered him to leave, he refused and was taken to the jail to ponder his situation.