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Tyler Keup, 29, of North Platte, pled not guilty Monday to several charges – possession of adderall, two counts of distributing methamphetamine and possession of a deadly weapon by a restricted person.
Keup entered the plea at his arraignment in Lincoln County District Court Monday.
Defense attorney Gary Krajewski of Ogallala filed a motion for discovery of evidence.
Lincoln County Attorney Rebecca Harling had no objection and Lincoln County District Judge Donald Rowlands ordered them to return to court on March 11.
Krajewski also asked for a bond reduction. Krajewski told the court that Keup is trying to get into treatment and a reduced bond would make it possible. Krajewski said Keup would live with his uncle, a former police officer, after he completes treatment.
Harling strongly objected noting Keup’s conviction for manslaughter, his time in the pen as well as other crimes.
Judge Donald Rowlands denied the bond reduction, leaving it at $125,000. He told Keup that when he gets into treatment he can, through his attorney, contact the County Attorney’s Office to discuss bond and maybe something could be worked out.
Keup has been in the county jail for 78 days. He was arrested during a traffic stop Nov. 11
Also, Courtney Lopez, 24, of North Platte, pled guilty to possession of methamphetamine.
Lopez was arrested Nov. 11 when she was a passenger in a car driven by Keup that was stopped for a traffic violation.
In exchange for her guilty plea, prosecutors dropped other charges -- possession of a controlled substance, assault and being a fugitive from justice.
Her $10,000 bond was lowered to a $5,000 own recognizance bond and her sentencing was set for March 25.
Rowlands ordered a pre-sentence investigation.
Lopez has served 92 days in the county jail.