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James D. Burnside
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Johnathon M. Hernandez
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Kent A. Smith

James Burnside pled guilty Monday to one count of child pornography-under age one. 

Burnside, 57, was charged April 11 with possession of child pornography after police obtained a warrant and searched his home. 

The investigation began in January when North Platte police received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that someone had uploaded a possible child pornography image to a Facebook page.

Facebook cooperated with the investigation and determined that the image was uploaded to Burnside's account. His computer was examined and contained at least one pornographic image, County Attorney Rebecca Harling said.

Burnside faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine and a listing on the sex offender register. He has been in jail for 129 days since his arrest in April.  

Birch ordered a presentence investigation and set sentencing for Oct. 6.



Jonathon Hernandez was convicted Monday in district court of attempted sexual assault.

Hernandez, 22, was originally charged in February with two counts of sexual assault. Police said at the time that acts of violence were involved and one of two victims was treated at the emergency room at the hospital.

Hernandez’s attorney has said Hernandez has mental issues.

In court Monday, Hernandez pled no contest to the lesser charge of attempted assault.  

Lincoln County District Judge Richard Birch ordered a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Oct. 6.

Hernandez faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.



In other district court action Monday, Kent Smith was convicted of third-degree domestic assault. He entered a no-contest plea, and in exchange, the state dismissed a burglary charge.

Smith, 26, was initially charged with burglary when a Lincoln County sheriff’s deputy found a stocking cap full of jewelry on June 2 under the back seat of the pickup Smith was driving.

Smith drove to a house south of Hershey, where one of his passengers, Jenna Wilson, allegedly stole the jewelry from her parents, according to county court testimony in a preliminary hearing Aug.1.

Rowlands ordered a presentence investigation and set sentencing for Oct. 6. 

Smith faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 8/19/2014
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