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Men convicted of illegal assault rifle, burglaryTell North Platte what you think
 
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Troy Culpepper
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Steyr AUG 223
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Bradley A. Clark

Troy Culpepper, 26, of North Platte, was convicted Tuesday of being a felon in possession of an assault rifle in a plea deal.

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Culpepper pled no contest to the charge.

In return for his plea, charges of burglary, possession of stolen property and possession of a stolen firearm were dropped.

The firearm in question is a Steyr AUG 223 assault rifle.

Lincoln County District Judge Donald Rowlands said the weapons charge in Culpepper’s case carries a minimum mandatory sentence of three years.

Culpepper was arrested and jailed Sept. 4 after police found the stolen gun as well as a knife in his car, Police Information Officer Rodney Brown said.

Culpepper became a suspect in a burglary on Aug. 29, where a victim said four guns, a knife and $1,000 in cash were taken from his home.

Police received a tip to the possible whereabouts of the weapons, and after investigating they suspected Culpepper had at least one of the missing guns. They obtained a search warrant and found the assault rifle in Culpepper’s car, along with a knife that matched the description of the one that was reported stolen.

Culpepper’s previous felony conviction was burglary in 2008.

He is currently out of jail after posting 10 percent of a $25,000 bond.

Rowlands ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set sentencing for May 6.


Clark

Also, Bradley Alen Clark, 26, of North Platte, pled guilty to burglarizing North Platte’s recycling center trying to sell the goods to a salvage yard.

In exchange for the plea, the Lincoln County Attorney’s Office dropped charges that Clark violated the conditions of an earlier release from jail.

Clark took copper and aluminum from the Regional Recycling Center on Oct. 15 and tried to sell it at North Platte Metals, prosecutors said. When the staff at North Platte Metals asked him where he got the items, he told them he found it “alley hopping.”

Deputy County Attorney Jennifer Wellan asked that Clark’s bond be reinstated at $25,000 and Lincoln County District Judge Richard Birch agreed.

Birch ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set sentencing for May 6.

Clark also faces another felony charge -- possession of methamphetamine. He has pled not guilty to that charge.

Clark’s jail record is long and includes probation violations, failure to appear, protection order violations, 10 counts of burglary and four counts of theft, as well as forgery, assault, criminal mischief, contempt of court, escape, false reporting, driving under suspension and shoplifting.


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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 3/19/2013
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