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Cole D. Picotte

Cole Picotte of North Platte was sentenced to 4–8 years Monday for attempted sexual assault of a child.

In another busy day in Lincoln County District Court, more than 40 cases were heard, on top of more than 40 district court cases two weeks ago.

Picotte, 21, was convicted on July 29 in a plea deal with the county attorney that amended the assault charge to “attempted” and a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor was dropped.

County court charges from unrelated crimes of interfering with a fireman, minor in possession and disturbing the peace were also dropped in the deal, and, two active warrants for failure to appear in county court were recalled.

He was arrested Jan. 20. Shortly before 1 p.m., police were called to S. Taft on a report of a 15-year-old girl who was missing shortly after midnight that morning. Police learned the girl may have been with Picotte near the 1900 block of W. Fourth, and police found them later that evening.

Police Information Officer Rodney Brown said investigators believed Cole and the girl were in an intimate relationship. Picotte was jailed on a $100,000 bond.

Chief Deputy Lincoln County Attorney Tanya Roberts–Connick asked for penitentiary time and defense attorney Kent Florom pleaded for probation.

Lincoln County District Judge Richard Birch told Picotte he would “take your age into consideration but this is a class III felony that carries a maximum of 20 years. I also have to consider your prior record.”

Picotte will get credit for 64 days served in the county jail.

Picotte’s prior record also shows two charges of theft, related to a Bobcat bucket and dozer blade that showed up at North Platte Metals. In August 2011, he was charged with criminal mischief.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 9/9/2013
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