Jason Sullivan, 30, of North Platte, was sentenced Monday to 300 days in the county jail, with credit for 135 days served. Sullivan was originally charged with disposing of stolen property, but the charge was reduced to being an accessory to a felony.
Sullivan was charged June 11 with using stolen cash from the burglary to buy a car, drugs and other items. At the time, Sullivan was already in jail for possession of methamphetamine.
Deputy County Attorney Tanya Roberts-Connick asked Rowlands to send Sullivan to the county jail instead of the state penitentiary.
“I have already sent several of your co-defendants to the pen but you were not directly involved in the burglary and do not deserve penitentiary time,” Rowlands said.
In all, seven people faced charges connected with the Kohler burglary.
Sheriff’s investigators also seized a black Honda Passport from Sullivan that prosecutors said was bought with proceeds from the Kohler burglary. While searching the car, they found a substance they suspected to be meth.
Sullivan has claimed that he has disposed of all the property he received from the Kohler thefts, so other than the car, it was unrecoverable.
Kohler’s was robbed on May 22 and sheriff’s deputies began making arrests a week later. They found Jacob Moser and Cody Jolliffe on June 1. The two men were said to be the leaders in the burglaries.
Jolliffe, 29, was sentenced to 7-17 years in the state penitentiary. Moser, 25, received consecutive sentences that amount to 6-12 years imprisonment.
Also on Monday, Cara Harder, 28, of Grand Island was sentenced to 230 days in the county jail after she pled no contest to possession of amphetamine and receiving stolen property.
Harder was indirectly involved in the Kohler burglary. On June 5 Lincoln County sheriff’s deputies went to a motel south of I-80 looking for her because they believed she had some of the stolen property. They found her and much more.
When Harder opened the motel room door, deputies told her she was being arrested. She asked if she could retrieve some personal belongings before going with them. When she went into the room to get the items, she allowed deputies into the room where they saw drugs (suspected methamphetamine) and drug paraphernalia, earning her the drug charges.
In other court action, teenager Nicholas Wilcox of North Platte was sentenced to a year probation plus the 130 days he has already served in the county jail for burglary of a woman's house.
Wilcox, 19, was also ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation by Lincoln County District Judge Donald Rowlands.
Lincoln County Attorney Rebecca Harling asked for the probation instead of a penitentiary sentence “mostly because of the age of the defendant and also because his prior record is minimal.”
Rowlands agreed that Wilcox should not go to the pen, at least not at this time.
“Because of your age I do not want to send you to the pen,” Rowlands said, “but, if you do not adhere to the terms of your probation and cooperate with your probation officer, the penitentiary could be a real possibility.”
Cortney Hansen, 33, of North Platte, was sentenced to 90 days in jail, with credit for 43 days served, on reduced charges of terroristic threats and third-degree assault. Rowlands also put Hansen on two years probation.
Lincoln County Attorney Rebecca Harling told the court the she normally asks for penitentiary time in a case like this, given the charges and prior record. But, Harling said that the victim had asked her to consider county jail and probation.
“Your prior record does go way back and most of your offenses are connected to drugs and alcohol,” Rowlands said. “Penitentiary time would be normal, but, the victim has gone to bat for you to the extent that I am willing to try probation.”
Hansen was charged with using a firearm to commit a felony after he threatened his girlfriend and himself with a rifle. Police said Hansen had been drinking when he arrived at his girlfriend’s house around midnight April 18. He stayed there through the night making suicidal and threatening comments, while pointing the rifle at himself and others.
Hansen was arrested the morning of April 19, evaluated and sent to Kearney for treatment. He was released a few days later, brought to the Lincoln County Jail and charged with terroristic threats, felony child abuse and use of a weapon to commit a felony.
Hansen has been arrested 20 times in Lincoln County since 2000. Prosecutors said his record dates back to 1994.
This report has been corrected: Nicholas Wilcox was not involved in the burglary of Kohler Trailer Sales as initially reported, according to court records.