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Robert F. Mills

Robert “Robbie” Mills, 34, of North Platte will spend 1½-3 years in the pen for flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, possession of marijuana and felony child abuse.

Mills was arrested in September after a woman said he assaulted her in their home and drove off with their children.

Just after midnight Sept. 4 the police were called to the 2300 block of E. Fifth by Mills’ domestic partner. They were told that Mills may be intoxicated.

Before long, an officer tried to stop Mills in the 300 block of N. Walnut. Mills first stopped, then sped away. After a brief chase, he stopped in an alley in the 500 block of East Sixth and fled on foot, but he was caught within a few blocks.

Police did not find enough evidence to charge Mills with domestic assault, but there were two children, ages 3 and 4 years, in his vehicle, so he was charged with two counts of felony child abuse, flight to avoid arrest, possession of marijuana, resisting arrest and child restraint violations.

Deputy Lincoln County Attorney Tanya Roberts-Connick asked for the penitentiary sentence.

“Mr. Mills has a history of pen sentences and a long history with Lincoln County law enforcement,” she said. “We just keep seeing him time after time. This time he ran from the police with his children in the car and a lengthy time in the penitentiary is appropriate.”

Lincoln County District Judge Richard Birch told Mills that his record is terrible.

“This time you turned almost nothing into three felonies and endangered your kids in the process,” Birch said.

Mills’ record shows no less than 19 charges in Lincoln County, plus two terms in the state pen. His record includes assaults, drug and alcohol offenses, driving offenses, theft, felon possession a gun and failures to appear in court.

Birch sentenced Mills to a year for the flight to avoid, 1½-3 years for pot possession and 1½-3 for felony child abuse.

The sentences will run concurrently, boiling down to 1½-3 years. Mills also received credit for 11 days in the county jail.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 11/4/2013
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