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Aryan K. Perry
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Marcus D. Thomas
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Joseph L. Miles

Aryan Perry, one of the teens involved in a rash of burglaries last fall around North Platte, received two concurrent 365-day jail sentences Monday for possession of amphetamines with intent to deliver and for burglary. 

Perry, 18, burglarized a house in the 3200 block of West 22nd on Sept. 22. He and co-defendant Boston Carey were identified by fingerprints at the crime scene.

Police picked Perry up on Feb. 1. During his arrest, his belongings were searched and a small plastic bag containing methamphetamine turned up, along with pills and paraphernalia used for meth distribution.  

County attorney Rebecca Harling asked that Perry be sentenced to prison.

Perry's attorney Blaine Gillett noted that the pre-sentence investigation showed that the probation office is willing to work with him and asked that his client receive probation. Lincoln County District Judge Donald Rowlands told Perry that he was impressed that Perry saved the court time and money with previous guilty pleas. He was not as impressed with his criminal record, which includes three terms of probation and two other drug charges.

"I am not going to send you to prison, but you are not getting probation," Rowlands said as he handed down the sentences.



Marcus Thomas was convicted Monday of robbery. 

Defense attorney Amanda Speichert told the court that Thomas previously pled not guilty but had been offered a deal, and would plead guilty to a reduced charge of attempted robbery.

Thomas robbed the Kwik Stop store at B and Jeffers on Sept. 14. He went behind the counter and put a BB gun pistol up against the clerk’s back and demanded she open the register. He left with $425. 

Police found him by matching the description given by the clerk. He was found with the pistol. The clerk later identified him. 

Speichert said Thomas has completed in-patient treatment. She gave the court a copy of his evaluation.

Rowlands accepted his guilty plea and told him he faced up to 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. Rowlands said the records from his treatment evaluation would be included in his pre-sentence investigation, and ordered him to return on Aug. 24 for sentencing.



Joseph Miles was convicted of theft Monday and was sentenced to 90 days in jail.

Miles, 21, reportedly stole some equipment in March from his employer, Weathercraft Roofing.

Police found a power saw and other tools at Miles' home. The items had a total value of more than $500.

Defense attorney Amanda Speichert said Miles would accept a plea offer from the county attorney. Miles pled guilty to theft by receiving property valued at less than $1,500, a misdemeanor. 

He waived his right to a pre-sentence investigation and was sentenced to 90 days in jail. Lincoln County District Judge Richard Birch gave him credit for the 11 days that he served when he was arrested.

Speichert asked if her client could have a little time to attend to some personal business prior to reporting to jail.

Birch granted the request and ordered Miles to report on July 7.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 6/23/2014
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