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Tina M. Edington
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Shawn D. Reese

Tina Edington (also known as Tina Vondal) appeared before Lincoln County District Court Judge Donald Rowlands Monday for sentencing on two probation violation charges.

Edington was originally sentenced Nov. 18 to two years probation for issuing bad checks, but she violated probation March 30 when she was charged for shoplifting, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and cruelty towards a child. 

Lincoln County Attorney Rebecca Harling recommended a jail sentence, noting Edington’s record of parole violations. Harling said she has also failed to pay restitutions that were ordered by the court.

Harling said probation would be a waste of time and energy for everyone.

"I wonder if it wouldn't be better just to give her a jail sentence," she told Rowlands.

But defense attorney Russ Jones asked the court to consider placing her back on probation, because she is trying to make positive changes in her life.

Edington was put in jail on April 30 and released in late June.

"She has come to the realization she needs to change," Jones said, adding that Edington is now involved in church. "She wants to see if she can change. She has lost a lot more than she has in the past.”   

Speaking on her own behalf, Edington said she is going to job interviews and wants a chance to change.

"I have lost everything,” she said.

Rowlands was not persuaded.

"I appreciate your efforts, but I agree with what the county attorney says," he told her.

Rowlands said reinstating parole would disrespect the public, due to her lengthy record of criminal arrests.

Rowlands sentenced her to 300 days in jail. He gave her credit for 54 days that she has served. He also told her to report to jail Aug. 4, giving her time to go to her job interviews.

"If you get a job, you can apply for a work release," he told her.

Edington was also allowed to leave court early to go to a scheduled job interview. Rowlands reminded her that she must report back to the jail for check in by 5 p.m.



Carrie Wilkinson, charged with her fourth offense of driving under the influence, failed to appear for sentencing.

Wilkinson had accepted a plea agreement on April 28 to a reduced charge.

"Is your client incarcerated, or finishing up a sentence in Arizona?" Rowlands asked defense attorney Russ Jones.

Jones said he didn't know whether she was still in jail in Arizona, or just finishing some business there.

"I want to request a continuance,” he said.

Harling objected.

"I would request a bench warrant," she said. 

Rowlands agreed and issued the warrant.



Jamie Vancura appeared for status hearings on eight felony charges.

All charges stemmed from incidents on March 11, when Vancura was cited for having a handgun, holding a woman in a house, refusing to let her leave and threatening to harm her.

While out on bond, he was charged with dissuading a witness, which violated the conditions of his release on bond, so he went back to jail.

Defense attorney Amanda Speichert said that a plea agreement is in the works.

"I would like a one-week continuance to work out the details," Speichert said.

Harling didn't object and Rowlands continued the case until Aug. 4.



Shawn Reese failed to appear for arraignment on burglary and theft charges.

Defense attorney Blaine Gillett asked for a continuance, but Harling objected and Rowlands issued a bench warrant.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 7/28/2014
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