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Kevin T. Lantzy

It’s been a tough few days for Kevin Lantzy.

Lantzy, 36, of North Platte, was arraigned Monday for domestic assault, his second court appearance in one week.

Lantzy appeared in court on a video screen from the jail with his left arm in a cast. His wife had complained to police that he assaulted her.

Lantzy said that his wife told him that her ex-husband had raped her abd got very angry. Lantzy told the judge that he did not assault his wife, but went outside and punched the side of his house, breaking his hand.

County Judge Michael Piccolo advised him not to discuss details of his defense in court until he consults with an attorney.

That shouldn’t take long. Lantzy already has an attorney on another charge.

He was charged Oct. 21 with felony possession of stolen property after he allegedly tried to sell a trailer that was stolen in Hayes County three days earlier. Lantzy took the trailer to North Platte Metals to sell it, but police were called and found the trailer was reported stolen.

When officers arrived at North Platte Metals, Lantzy had just left, but police found him at his temporary home in the 100 block of East Eighth.

Lantzy paid $1,250 (10% of $12,500) to get out of jail Oct. 25. In court Monday, he asked Piccolo to let him go this time on his own recognizance, so he could get back to work. Piccolo did not do that, but he set Lantzy’s bond relatively low, so Lantzy will only have to post another $250.

Beat up

James A. Thompson Jr., 23, of North Platte, pled guilty to domestic assault.

Deputy county attorney Austen Leighty said on Saturday, Thompson’s domestic partner Molli Sailors told police the couple quarreled and when she tried to walk away, he grabbed her arm, bruised it, hit her in the face and pushed her.

Officers said her injuries were consistent with her version of the events.

Thompson waived his right to an attorney and a preliminary hearing. Leighty asked for a pre-sentence investigation and said Thompson is a good candidate for probation.

Lincoln County Judge Kent Turnbull set an own recognizance bond of $5,000.


Ty W. Sailors, 18, of North Platte, pled guilty to disturbing the peace and being a minor in possession of alcohol. Sailors, still in high school, waived his right to an attorney and a preliminary hearing. He told Turnbull “I want to get it all over with so I can get back to school.”

According to court records, police were called to the 1700 block of Burlington Ave. on a report of a intoxicated man hanging around and trying to get inside. A woman who lived there opened her door to see what was going on and saw Sailors. She said Sailors said, “Hello there pretty lady” and she closed her door.

She said Sailors started pounding on the house and yelling.

Police arrived, found him still there and boisterous. Sailors was uncooperative, but police got him under control without much trouble, but Sailors remained somewhat uncooperative at the jail.

After the details of the charges were read, Turnbull asked Sailors if he remembered any of it. Sailors said he did not.

“So you were too intoxicated to remember things, and that concerns me with someone your age,” Turnbull said. “That is an indication of early alcohol problems.”

“Now don’t lie to me. Are you going to show positive for anything other than alcohol?” Turnbull asked. “Absolutely not,” Sailors told him.

Turnbull set an own recognizance bond of $1,000 and ordered a pre-sentence investigation, an alcohol evaluation and drug screening. Sentencing is set Dec. 12.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 10/28/2013
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