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Aaron Kirts
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Jim Bob Cassell

Aaron Kirts was sentenced Monday to 3-6 years in the Nebraska State Penitentiary.

Kirts was charged with burglary, possession of stolen property, theft by unlawful taking and disturbing the peace after he caused a disturbance in June, walking uninvited into a gathering at the Girl Scout Cabin at Lake Maloney.

Kirts was found with numerous items, including sets of keys, that belonged to the Patmos Campground just north of the Girl Scout Cabin.

Kirts has a previous record that is “less than stellar,” Lincoln County District Court Judge Birch said, including two previous stints at the state pen for thefts.

Birch gave Kirts credit for 270 days that he’s spent in the county jail since he was arrested last summer.



George Trejo was sentenced to 5-10 years in the penitentiary for assaulting a man and his son in July.

One of the men, Richard Cooper of North Platte, ended up in the hospital with a cut on his face and a broken bone above his eye. His 27-year-old son tried to intervene and suffered a deep cut on his right hand, as well as other cuts.

Police said Trejo used a knife the size of a machete.

In court, the prosecutor said the younger man's hand is apparently damaged for life. Noting that Trejo has a history of extreme violence at times, the prosecutor said, “we are lucky we are not looking at a murder here.”

Defense attorney Amanda Speichert said Trejo is sorry that anyone was injured. She said there is a discrepancy as to what occurred and noted that Trejo’s door was broken, with footprints that pointed to another interpretation of what happened.   

“My client would like to get out (of jail) and pay restitution and court costs,” Speichert said.

Birch was not persuaded. He noted Trejo's prior assaults and a tendency toward violence that seems to be exacerbated by alcohol.

Birch handed down two concurrent sentences – 5-10 years for assault and 2-4 for use of a deadly weapon. He gave Trejo credit for 260 days that he has spent in jail.



Jim Bob Cassell was sentenced to 4-8 years imprisonment for robbery and 1-3 years for making terroristic threats.

Lincoln County District Judge Richard Birch set the sentences to run concurrently, or, at the same time.

Cassell robbed a North Platte home in the 800 block of N. Jackson at gunpoint on Nov. 13. He allegedly forced his way in around 3:25 a.m., carrying a gun.

Cassell and an unidentified masked man made off with $500 cash plus some other property, police said. Police at first said Cody Rogers was the other man, but later retracted the charge against Rogers.

Cassell has been in jail since his arrest on Nov. 14.

Previously, he was charged three times in 2013 for writing bad checks.


(This report about Jim Bob Cassell has been updated in regard to his unidentified companion in the robbery.)


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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 4/29/2014
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