Robert Cheever, Jr. was sentenced Monday to up to three years in the state penitentiary for domestic assault.
Cheever appeared in Lincoln County District Court to face justice for an altercation with his domestic partner on March 14. The woman went to the Great Plains Regional Medical Center on March 17 for medical treatment and police were notified.
Police learned the woman didn’t report the assault earlier because she thought her injuries would improve and didn't want Cheever to be arrested.
However, when police saw she was visibly injured, they arrested Cheever. Cheever’s attorney Robert Lindemeier told the court that the relationship between the couple centered on the use of alcohol. Lindemeier said they begin to drink, argue and end up in physical altercations.
Lindemeier said the woman wants the charges dropped and wants Cheever back in her life. Lindemeier said his client wants to change, but has admitted that if he is not incarcerated he would probably not remain sober.
“I don't really know what the answer is for him,” Lindemeier said.
Cheever told the court he “would like to get out and get a chance to stay sober."
Judge Donald Rowlands noted that Cheever's prior record is not good. Cheever has been arrested in Lincoln County 11 times since 2011, according to sheriff’s records.
"You have two prior prison sentences for these types of charges,” Rowlands said. “Then you get out and immediately get a new charge."
Rowlands acknowledged that Cheever’s plea saves the state time and money by not having to conduct a trial, but did not justify probation.
He sentenced Cheever to 1½-3 years in prison and gave him credit for 58 days served.
In other sentencings Monday, Tia Eggers was sentenced to 180 days in jail for abuse of a vulnerable adult.
On Jan. 6, the medical center staff notified police that a 62-year-old woman in ER had not received proper medication, leading to seizures and unresponsiveness. And, the med center staff told the investigator that the same thing happened at least once a month for six months, according to the police report.
In court Monday, Eggers received credit for 60 days she has spent in jail and was ordered to pay court costs. Lincoln County District Judge Richard Birch told her to report to the detention center on May 26 to serve the rest of her sentence.
Fred Navarrete was sentenced to 270 days in jail for possession of nethamphetamine. Defense attorney Amanda Speichert asked for a couple days before reporting to the jail to complete a couple of things that are necessary to get his driver's license back.
Birch agreed and ordered him to report June 13. He received credit for 153 days served.
Cheri Doerr was convicted of third-degree domestic assault.
She appeared with her attorney Amanda Speichert for a bond hearing on the charge as well as use of a weapon to commit a felony.
Speichert said a plea agreement had been reached and Doerr would plea no contest to third-degree assault. After the county attorney read the details of the charge, Rowlands asked Doerr if she agreed to what was reported.
"I'm not denying the things I did, but I was just defending myself," Doerr said.
She waived presentence investigation. Rowlands sentenced her to 90 days in jail and gave her credit for 12 days served. The weapons charge was dropped.
Devin Lunzman was convicted of a reduced charge of second offense driving under the influence.
Defense attorney Russ Jones said Lunzman is a productive member of society and served our country overseas for four years.
The attorneys recommended 24 months probation, 30 days in jail, a $1,000 fine and two years of driving with an interlock system.
Jones asked that Lunzman have permission to drive company vehicles at his job without the interlock system. He said he would provide a list of the vehicles that Lunzman was required to drive at work.
Jones said his employer would supervise the driving of those vehicles. He also asked that Lunzman receive credit for one year that he has been driving with the interlock, since the state has agreed.
Judge Rowlands followed the recommendations of the agreement and ordered Lunzman to appear at the jail Monday, May 19 to serve his time. Jones said having this week before reporting would give his client opportunity to get work release papers filled out for the probation office.
Billy Yancy pled guilty Monday to driving under the influence, third offense. Deputy County Attorney Austin Leighty recommended probation.
Birch noted that Yancy had done a lot of hard work to get where he was, and his future success would depend upon that work ethic. Birch sentenced him to three years of probation.
Logan Johnston pled not guilty of procuring for a minor and causing bodily injury in the death of Chandler Snyder on Nov. 2.
Snyder was found dead in a small camper parked on the east side of North Platte, near the corner of Phillip and Griffith. An autopsy and toxicology tests indicated the death was caused by acute intoxication.
If found guilty, Johnston could be sentenced to five years imprisonment. Johnston is scheduled to be back in court July 14.