Dennis G. Razes
Dennis Razes was convicted Monday of theft by receiving items worth up to $1,500, after a plea deal was worked out with the Lincoln County Attorney.
Razes pled guilty to the charge.
He was originally charged with burglary by forced entry, as well as theft of more than $1,500.
Prosecutors said Razes took part in a burglary on Feb. 26 of a home on the north side of North Platte that belonged to Bob Hendrickson, who had died a week earlier. After Hendrickson died, family members were in the process of packing and moving personal items out. They planned to sell the home, but as they were packing, they found evidence of a break-in along with missing items.
Sheriff’s deputies said a trailer load of items was stolen and six people were involved.
But in April, Razes’ attorney argued that there was no direct link of evidence connecting Razes to the thefts. Lincoln County Judge Kent Turnbull was not persuaded that the charges should be dropped and found sufficient evidence to bind the case over to district court.
The parties later reached a plea agreement. Lincoln County Attorney Rebecca Harling agreed to drop the burglary charge and reduce the theft charge in exchange for a guilty plea.
On Monday, Harling asked the court to issue a 280-day jail sentence.
Birch agreed, with credit to Razes for 148 days served since his arrest in February.