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Hollis Littlefield, 35, was convicted Monday in Lincoln County District Court to possession of a stolen firearm, theft by taking and criminal mischief -- one of several convictions for theft and drug crimes.

Littlefield plead guilty. His plea was part of a deal that dropped four other charges.

In February, Littlefield was charged with stealing items from vehicles parked in the parking lot of DJ Automotive and Transmission, as well as a firearms, golf clubs, fishing poles and knives from a pickup parked at the Game and Parks headquarters on E. State Farm Road.

In court, defense attorney Martin Troshynski requested a work release for his client, but the request was denied.

Littlefield’s bond remains at $12,500 and sentencing is set June 9. He also has other charges pending. 


Matthew Clinton, 19, pled guilty to unauthorized use of a credit card to make a financial transaction and theft by taking.

Clinton charged fuel on a credit card in August that was stolen from his employer, Twin Rivers Testing.

The company noticed several unauthorized charges and cancelled the card, but Clinton apparently used a key to the office to steal another card.

He stopped coming to work altogether in mid-September and was fired, but he was caught when he came to pick up his final paycheck.

Clinton was also implicated with Hollis Littlefield in theft of items in February out of vehicles that were parked at DJ Transmission and Automotive, as well as outdoor sports equipment from a pickup parked at the Game and Parks headquarters in North Platte.

A presentence investigation will be conducted.

In exchange for the plea, other charges against Clinton were dismissed. 


Ponte Staci Ponte, 40, was convicted of distribution of methamphetamines and possession of valium. Ponte pled no contest to the charges.

In exchange for the plea, charges of obstructing police, destroying evidence and possession with intent to deliver were dismissed.

A presentence investigation was ordered and Ponte’s sentencing was set for June 9.

Ponte was arrested Jan. 3 in a motel room in North Platte. Police moved in to charge her with drug distribution, but Ponte went into the bathroom and flushed some, but not all, of the drugs she had down the drain.

She has been in jail for the subsequent 96 days.


Sheena Strand pled guilty to attempted escape and possession of amphetamines.

Strand was initially charged with two counts of escape, but one was reduced to attempted escape and the other charge was dropped. 

Strand was most recently arrested in mid-February, when police received information that she was in a motel room. At the time, she was wanted on three active Lincoln County arrest warrants -- two for escape and one for possession of methamphetamine.

In court, Strand waived her right to request a presentence investigation and Rowlands sentenced her to 240 days in jail for each charge.

Rowlands set the sentences to run concurrently, and Strand received 83 days credit for time she has already served. Rowlands advised her that if she has a job on her release, he would allow her to make a time-pay agreement to pay her court costs.


Jackson Seth Jackson was convicted of theft by taking and a second misdemeanor theft charge after pleading no contest.

Jackson was charged in November with theft of a large roll of fiber optic cable from a Century Link storage yard, as well as copper wire from a city storage yard.

A trespassing charge was dismissed.

Lincoln County District Judge Donald Rowlands sentenced Jackson to 90 days in jail and ordered him to pay $7,000 in restitution. He was sentenced to jail in order to compensate for the fines he cannot pay. Rowlands noted that Jackson has a daughter and advised him to be conscious of what he is doing and the type of role model he is to her. 

Jackson will check in to the Lincoln County jail on April 17 to begin serving his term.


Accepting a plea agreement, James Thornburg pled guilty to failing to register as a sex offender.

Thornburg was working in the Dunning area as a ranch hand when he was arrested for failure to register.

In exchange for the guilty plea, other charges are dismissed. Prosecutors recommended a 45-day jail sentence.  

On the advice of defense attorney Blaine Gillett, Thornburg waived a request for a presentence investigation. 

Rowlands accepted the prosecutor’s recommendation and sentenced Thornburg to 45 days in jail, with credit for 25 days served.


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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 4/8/2014
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