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Timothy P. Jones

Two young North Platte men will do hard time for burglary, according to sentences handed down Monday in Lincoln County District Court.

Joseph Duran, 28, was sentenced to 1½-3 years in the pen for burglary, with 80 days credit for time served in the county jail.

Duran was arrested for the Feb. 22 burglary of the Westfield Carwash. He broke into the office and took two bill changers. He was caught on the security video camera at the carwash.

He pled guilty on April 22.

Defense attorney Kent Florom asked for mercy, admitting that there was no excuse for what Duran did and that it was a stupid thing.

Lincoln County Attorney Rebecca Harling asked for the maximum. She said Duran was on parole for another burglary charge when he broke into the carwash.

“I certainly can’t argue with your defense attorney’s comments and I agree that it was a stupid thing,” District Judge Richard Birch told Duran as he handed down the sentence.

Duran’s record shows nine arrests for burglary as well as two for forgery, three for possession of a controlled substance, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of stolen property, theft, shoplifting, probation violations, contempt of court, trespassing, disturbing the peace, criminal mischief and failure to appear, more than once.


Timothy Jones, 25, of North Platte, was sentenced to 1-3 years in the pen for burglary.

County Attorney Rebecca Harling submitted the case on the facts in the files. Defense attorney Blaine Gillett said his client accepted that.

“Your record is terrible. I don’t know how I can overlook your priors or how I can ignore your record,” Birch told Jones.

Jones was arrested in December. He was given credit for 13 days in the county jail.

Jones was ordered in 2009 to complete a treatment program or face going to prison.

His record of crimes as an adult, since 2006, shows three burglary charges, drug possession, five counts of theft, several charges of assault, possession of stolen property, trespassing, witness tampering, shoplifting, contempt of court, disturbing the peace and failure to appear.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 5/20/2013
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