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Peter Bailey, 26, of North Platte will stay in jail even though he has already served the sentence for possession of amphetamine that was handed down Monday.

Bailey is also held in jail for violating parole from the Nebraska State Diagnostic and Evaluation Center. He was arrested in March 2012 for possession of amphetamine with intent to deliver and sent to the center, but was released sometime later.

Bailey was arrested again in North Platte in April, when police stopped him in a GMC van for erratic driving. Bailey initially gave a fictitious name and while police were searching three passengers, he tried to run. He was caught and restrained.

Items used to consume methamphetamine were found in the car and Bailey was carrying clonazepam without a prescription.

Bailey was jailed in Lincoln County and served 130 days.

In Lincoln County District Court on Monday, he was sentenced to 240 days for possession, but he had already accumulated 110 good time days, so his sentence is already served.

Bailey pled guilty to the change and in exchange, additional charges were dropped -- obstructing an officer, false reporting, possession of clonazepam and assault on a confined person.

Bailey is held without bond for the parole violation. He is projected to be in jail at least until Oct. 24, according to the Nebraska Department of Corrections.

Palm sent to pen

In other court action, Mark Anthony Palm, a 39-year-old transient, was sentenced the state penitentiary for at least 20 months and as long as five year for second-offense domestic assault.

On May 26, Palm threatened two women near Hershey on the bank of the North Platte River. Investigators said Palm’s girlfriend and another woman were verbally assaulted and Palm grabbed his girl friend, threw her to the ground and said “I could kill you right now.”

Lincoln County Attorney Rebecca Harling asked for a long prison sentence.

“He has a substantial criminal history and has been to the pen for assault before,” Harling said.

Defense attorney Michael Nozicka agreed that Palm had a long history but said his client is changing is ways.

“He is trying to turn his life around and is willing to attend any programs available. When he’s not drinking he is a nice guy and works hard,” Nozicka said.

Lincoln County District Judge Richard was not inclined to be lenient.

“Your criminal history spans over 20 years,” Birch told Palm. “It is just awful and contains 14 arrests for domestic assault. There is nothing left to do but sentence you to the penitentiary.”

Palm was convicted in 2012 for domestic assault from Hamilton County and was wanted on three active warrants, one each from Nance, Buffalo and Hall Counties.

In other district court action Monday:

• Keith Phelps, 46, of North Platte pled no contest to possession of methamphetamine and will return for sentencing Nov. 4.

• Curtis Bohman, 46, pled not guilty to false imprisonment, third degree assault and aiding and abetting a burglary.

• Donald Broeder, 57, of North Platte, accepted a plea deal. A charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm was reduced to attempted possession of a defaced firearm.

Broeder pled guilty and was sentenced to 180 days in jail. his previous felony convicted was nearly 35 years ago.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 9/24/2013
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