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Justin Valentine, 24, of North Platte, was convicted Monday of two counts of terroristic threats for firing a gun in the direction of another person in January, followed by a standoff with police.

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In Lincoln County District Court Monday, Valentine accepted a plea deal from the county attorney’s office and pled no contest. His sentencing is set for May 20. Defense attorney Blaine Gillette asked for a bond reduction that was denied. Valentine’s bond remains at $100,000.

Valentine was arrested after a 90-minute standoff with police that started around 3:30 a.m. Jan. 19. Police were called to the 400 block of S. Chestnut on a report of gunfire. Witnesses said that Valentine fired a rifle two times in the direction of another person, after he had an argument with his domestic partner, according to police spokesman Rodney Brown.

Officers found Valentine inside his house but he refused to open the door. The house was secured and put under surveillance for about an hour and a half. An officer finally entered the house and Valentine was arrested without trouble.


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• Joseph Duran, 28, of North Platte, pled guilty to an amended charge of attempted burglary. His sentencing is set for May 20, after a pre-sentence investigation is completed.

Duran was arrested for the Feb. 22 burglary of the Westfield carwash after someone broke in through the office door and two bill changers went missing.

Duran was seen on security video, prosecutors said.


• Halie Robb, also known as Halie Moore, 24, of North Platte, pled guilty to an amended charge of attempted possession of Alprazalam and was sentenced to 75 days in jail, with 45 days credit for time already served.

Halie was arrested March 7 when police were called to Wal-Mart about a possible shoplifting. Officers found the car Halie was in and pulled it over. While searching the car they found the controlled substance.


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