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Travis D. Louthan
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Brady A. Fisher

Travis Louthan was sentenced Monday to 180 days in the county jail for driving under suspension and third-degree assault, following action Monday in Lincoln County District Court.

Louthan, 35, has already served 140 days.

He was arrested April 1. Lincoln County sheriff’s deputies found an injured, unconscious man who was having trouble breathing in a motel room in Sutherland. Prosecutors said Louthan severely beat the man after the two got in a fight when they were riding around Sutherland in a car, consuming alcohol.

Louthan was initially charged with first-degree assault and DUS, but both charges were lowered in a plea agreement

In court, Louthan pled guilty to DUS and he pled no contest to assault. Louthan waived his right to a presentence investigation, and Birch followed the recommendations of the plea agreement, handing down two 180-day sentences to be served concurrently (at the same time.) 

Birch gave Louthan credit for 140 days served in jail. He also revoked his license for 15 years and ordered him to pay court costs.



Also, Brady Fisher, 39, was sentenced to from one and two-thirds years up to five years in the state penitentiary for violating the conditions of his release on bond.

Fisher appeared in court on theft charges on April 29. At that time, he was out on bond. The preceding weekend, he was charged with possession of meth -- a violation of the terms of his bond – and was returned to jail.

Defense attorney Amanda Speichert recommended treatment for her client. She said he had been doing well but had a relapse.

Harling, however, argued for prison time, based upon his record.

Lincoln County District Judge Donald Rowlands asked Fisher if he had anything to say on his own behalf.

"I relapsed after eight months,” Fisher said, “but I want to try again.”

Rowlands examined Fisher's lengthy record.

Rowlands said Fisher is close to being classified as a habitual criminal, so he could not justify anything but a prison sentence.

Fisher was credited with 104 days he’s already served as he waited for his case to proceed through the courts.

Fisher has been arrested seven times in Lincoln County in the last three years, according to sheriff's records.



Terry Houchin, 31, was sentenced to drug court. He was charged with twice violating the terms of his release from jail.

Drug court is a closely supervised program designed to help non-violent criminals get free of drug addiction. It lasts 18-30 months.

Houchin is accused of participating in two burglaries as well as meth possession, all in 2013.  



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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 8/19/2014
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