Anthony D. Nunnenkamp
Anthony Nunnenkamp of North Platte reported to jail Wednesday to serve a sentence for assault in connection with the alleged rapes of three teenage women in May 2012. Nunnenkamp, 30, was initially charged with first-degree sexual assault. Test results showed that his DNA was on swabs taken from the girls.
Nunnenkamp said the sex was consensual. His defense attorney, Ryan Wilcox of McCook, successfully argued that the rape charge would be difficult to prove beyond a reasonable doubt as he negotiated a plea agreement.
As part of a deal, Nunnenkamp pled no contest to second-degree assault. He was sentenced to 360 days in jail. He already spent 120 days in jail after he was arrested awaiting trial, for which he will receive credit.
“I have to agree with your attorney that the original case would be difficult to prove at trial and I will treat you the same as your co-defendant, Virgil Apodaca Jr.,” Lincoln County District Judge Donald Rowlands told Nunnenkamp.
Nunnekamp will not be required to register as a sex offender. He has no record of prior sex offenses although he has a string of felony charges, some involving violence.
The three teenage women claimed they were raped at two separate parties in May 2012. Virgil Apodaca, Sr. was initially charged with rape and three of his sons were charged with aiding and abetting, if not participating.
Nunnenkamp was arrested in November 2012 after DNA tests were finally complete and showed his DNA was present. The tests also showed DNA belonging to either the senior Virgil Apodaca or his son, Virgil Apodaca, Jr., or both of them.
Defense attorneys also successfully argued the testimony of the women was unreliable, because they were allegedly drugged and they admitted they were not always aware of what was going on.
Virgil Apodaca, Sr. spent 341 days in jail and Virgil, Jr. spent 300 days in jail on the charges.
Two other Apodaca sons -- Anthony and Jermoy -- were released when the DNA test results were final.