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Jeremy Kreiling, 25, of Sutherland, was convicted Monday of misdemeanor third-degree sexual assault and was sentenced to 180 days in the county jail.

In a plea deal, his charge was reduced from felony sexual assault.

Kreiling was arrested Nov. 8 after a teenage girl, then 15, told investigators that Kreiling assaulted her two year earlier while she was helping babysit on New Year’s Eve. While Kreiling was out on bond after posting 10% of $500,000, but was arrested and jailed April 29 on a charge of domestic assault and strangulation. He allegedly choked his wife so hard she was dizzy and disoriented and had trouble talking to investigators.

According to a sheriff’s spokesman, Kreiling also held up a rifle and made threatening remarks. He refused to talk with deputies about the incident and was jailed.

In court April 30, Lincoln County Judge Kent Turnbull set his bond for that charge at $10,000.


The prosecution of both Virgil Apodaca Sr. and Virgil Apodaca Jr. saw was delayed again.

Virgil Sr. is out of jail on a personal recognizance bond. His kidneys are reportedly failing.

The father and son are charged in the alleged rapes of three teenage women a year ago.

Virgil Sr. is charged with two counts of aiding and abetting a class II felony and two counts of intentionally delivering a hazardous drug, as well as being an habitual criminal.

Virgil Jr. is still housed at the county jail on two separate first degree sexual assault charges, each carrying a $100,000 bond.

Both men are scheduled for another court appearance on July 1.


Kenneth Reed Jr., 21, of North Platte, pled guilty Monday to carrying a concealed weapon, resisting arrest and attempted possession of a controlled substance.

Reed was arrested Feb. 9 along with three others when a police officer saw a parked car atop a loading ramp inside the Nebraska Department of Roads yard near 13th and Buffalo.

In a plea deal, charges of possession of a firearm during a drug violation, possession of a weapon during a felony, obstructing police, possession of marijuana, trespassing and failure to appear were dropped.

Reed waived his preliminary hearing and Lincoln County District Judge Richard Birch ordered a pre-sentence investigation. Sentencing is set for July 1.

When officers removed Reed from the vehicle a 9 millimeter handgun fell to the ground. During a search of the vehicle, officers found prescription drugs, marijuana and a large kitchen knife in a pouch on the back of the driver’s seat.

James Fogg, 19, Jeffery Denson Jr., 21 and Deborah Plunk, 27, all of North Platte, were all in the vehicle. Foggs and Denson were detained without incident but Plunk and Reed resisted officers, according to a police spokesman.

Plunk, Denson and Reed were jailed and Foggs was cited and released.


Jesse Belland, 26, of North Platte, was convicted of fleeing to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, theft, aiding and abetting theft and possession of methamphetamine.

Belland pled no contest to the charge, part of a deal that a charge of habitual criminal would not be filed.

A pre-sentence investigation was ordered and Belland will be back for sentencing on July 1.

At 2:30 a.m. Dec. 25, police responded to a reported stolen car in the 1800 block of West Third.

Charles Lynch said he left his 2006 Hyundai Tiberon warming up outside his house and looked outside to see it leaving his driveway.

And the next morning police received another call about a stolen car in the 900 block of East Third, where a woman left her 2001 Lexus running at the curb to warm up.

Later that day, police traced the Lexus to the Red Cedars trailer court. Belland admitted he was driving the Lexus when the officers were chasing it and investigators determined he was involved in the theft of both vehicles, according to police spokesman Rodney Brown.

The investigation also led to the arrests of Katelyn McKain, 19, of Brady and Chance Ragle, 23, of North Platte.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 5/8/2013
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