One of the Lincoln County courts’ frequent defendants was sentenced Monday to up to five years in the penitentiary. Bradley Allen Clark, 26, was given two-and-a-half to five years for burglary.
Defense attorney Leonard Vhynalek asked for probation, but the request received an energetic objection from the prosecutor.
Lincoln County District Judge Richard Birch agreed with prosecutors. He said Clark has “an extensive record including a previous burglary conviction, for which you were sentenced to 1½ - 3 years.”
“Your record includes other thefts, and drug crimes,” Birch said. “You committed this crime only shortly after you were released from the other sentence.”
Clark was already in jail for an October burglary when he was charged with theft in connection with a wallet that was stolen in December.
Police Information Officer Rodney Brown said the 17-year-old wallet owner later learned his debit card had been used four times to buy fuel and pay for phone calls.
A charge of unauthorized use of a financial device was added to Clark’s record.
Bradley has exhibited a “don’t care” attitude in court and jail. At a hearing in county court, Judge Michael Piccolo asked him if he understood his rights, to which Clark quipped, “I should, as often as I’ve been here.”
Clark seemed unsurprised at his sentence Monday, showing no emotion.
The latest burglary charge came from thefts of metals from the Regional Recycling Center in October. A few days after the alleged burglary was reported, McKain was filmed trying to sell some of the missing goods to the North Platte Metals recycling center. Bradley pled guilty to that on March 19.
In that burglary his girlfriend Laura McKain is suspected of helping him. McKain was allegedly driving the car when Clark stole the metals. Her case is pending.
Clark received credit for 75 days served in the county jail.
Philip Tyan, 44, of North Platte, was sentenced Monday to up to four years in prison for theft.
Deputy Lincoln County Attorney Jennifer Wellan told the court that Tyan has an extensive history of crimes, his list of priors goes back 20 years and he wasn’t out of jail long when he committed this crime.
Defense attorney Patrick Hays said, “Yes he does have an extensive record, but now he has serious health problems and is scheduled for surgery soon.”
Hays asked for the minimum sentence.
Nevetheless, Lincoln County District Judge Donald Rowlands handed down a sentence of 1½-4 years.
“Because of your long prior record and that you did not cooperate with probation on another conviction, I must sentence you to the Department of Corrections,” Rowlands said.
Tyan’s list of Lincoln County charges includes illegal alcohol and drug use as well as thefts. He has been charged 10 times for driving under suspension.
He claims Ovid, Colo. as his home but frequently ends up in the Lincoln County Jail.
He was arrested on Thanksgiving for driving under suspension, and also charged with receiving stolen property -- a trailer that was stolen from a North Platte business and parked on another man’s property in Hershey.
Jamey Koch, 41, of North Platte, was sentenced to 1½-3 years in the pen for possession of methamphetamine and attempted burglary.
He received credit for 63 days in the county jail.
During sentencing, Lincoln County District Judge Donald Rowlands noted that Koch’s history goes back 20 years and includes a prison term.
Koch pled guilty March 25 to possession of meth and an amended charge of attempted burglary.
Koch was arrested in the early hours March 4 when police found him inside Gracie May’s Restaurant on East Philip. The burglar alarm was still sounding when police arrived, and the front glass door was broken, Police Information Officer Rodney Brown said.
Koch was arrested without resistance. Brown said he was carrying meth and was thought to be under the influence of the drug at the time.