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Braka Matlock's jail terms

Amiria Braka Matlock was booked into jail late Sunday to serve 24 hours on the birthday of Greg Styles, as part of a unique sentence handed down more than six years ago.

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Styles died after a confrontation between the two men at a bar in March 2008.

Investigators believe that Matlock was provoked, and Matlock hit Styles, who fell backward and hit his head on a pool table.

Styles died three days later after he was removed from life support at a Kearney hospital.

Matlock was first charged with manslaughter, but the charge was lowered to attempted manslaughter.

Matlock did not contest the lesser charge.

Lincoln County District Judge John Murphy handed down the unique sentence. He ordered Matlock to serve 5 years of probation. As one of the terms of probation, Murphy ordered him to report to jail twice each year – on Styles’ birthday and again in March on the anniversary of his death, to spend 24 hours inside.

Also, Matlock was ordered to pay $500 a month in restitution -- half for a trust fund for Styles’ son, who can access the money when he goes to college or when he turns 21, whichever comes first.

Matlock was also ordered to pay medical expenses stemming from the incident, as well as the funeral costs. And, he was sentenced to 120 days in jail.

On Sunday, Aug. 17, Matlock went to the jail to begin serving his 24-hour sentence.

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plan9, good question. It was part of five years of probation. That info has been added to the story. The story is of wide interest because of the unusual sentence and how it is carried out. Personally I think Matlock is to be respected. What happened was tragic; he is paying dues in an upstanding way.
Posted by George Lauby    - 8/19/2014 3:08:19 PM
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Why the need to keep making old skeletons dance?
Posted by nebred    - 8/19/2014 10:15:53 AM
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If you read his facebook posts he is critisizing the Bulletin and the Post. Why? He is not the victim, he killed someone period. A crime that will follow him the rest of his life. No matter what a great person people think he is he committed the crime!!!
Posted by serious    - 8/19/2014 6:54:53 AM
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If you felt the need to explain the situation, then state that you are just "explaining" the situation. This is a story that should be put to rest. There is so much stuff going on in North Platte that concerns it's citizens, and this is not a concern.
Posted by lucyq    - 8/19/2014 5:00:14 AM
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How many years does he have to continue this?
Posted by plan9_frm_outerspace    - 8/18/2014 7:35:50 PM
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I have no problem with anyone who cheerfully serves out a jail sentence.
Posted by original    - 8/18/2014 5:21:42 PM
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Seems to me that if he can have a smirk on his face when he goes to jail the sentence should be revisited!!!
Posted by mineands    - 8/18/2014 5:13:46 PM
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scooter, readers were confused because he seemed to be arrested, possibly for a new crime, so we thought it wise to explain the situation. The story of the body is currently just a little lower on the front page.
Posted by George Lauby    - 8/18/2014 2:12:05 PM
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This sentence should be vacated.
Posted by npscout    - 8/18/2014 1:12:22 PM
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Sorry bout the spelling job kinda fat fingered it.
Posted by scooter    - 8/18/2014 12:19:51 PM
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You need to give this a rest. What aboitthe dead body founf by mcdonalds that seems more importantthan this story.
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