Robin Dennis will spend 4-6 years in the state penitentiary for burglaries and related crimes, following sentencing Monday in Lincoln County District Court.
Lincoln County District Court Judge Richard Birch sentenced Dennis to 4-6 years for burglary, as well as one year for possession of burglary tools and two years for being a felon in possession of a dangerous weapon, a large buck knife in a sheath.
And in a separate case, Dennis was sentenced to one year for possession of meth.
However, Birch all the sentences could be served at the same time.
Dennis, 34, was out of jail on bond awaiting a court appearance for meth possession when he committed a series of robberies, starting with a March 1 break-in at Complete Family Medicine
He broke into a safe at the clinic. He stole cash along with two laptop computers, sample medications and pads that doctors use to write out prescriptions. Police said he went on a spending spree for the next week.
On March 6, another burglary was reported at a home in the 200 block of S. Bare.
The resident there returned home to find a door forced open and several items missing, including two laptops, cartons of cigarettes, bank cards and blank checks.
Police said the bank cards were used soon afterwards. One card was used to pay for a television in North Platte as well as cigarettes at another store.
From the store surveillance footage, police identified Robin Dennis as the suspect. He was found the next day, March 7, at a home in the 300 block of N. Bare.
Officers searched his car and found prescription pads that were missing from the medical clinic. Inside the home, they found the stolen laptops, the television and other items from both burglaries.
Deputy County Attorney Kortnei Hoeft asked for a lengthy sentence based upon Dennis’ past record.
On the other hand, Defense Attorney Kent Florom said his client should receive some credit for saving the county the expense of a trial. He said tests show his client has mental issues along with drug problems.
Birch agreed with the prosecution that a prison sentence was appropriate. He gave Dennis 174 days credit for time served.
Dennis has been arrested 11 times since 2004, but not at all since 2013, after he served 199 days for drug distribution and other charges.