In district court action Monday, Miranda Lewis was convicted of second-degree assault and false imprisonment.

Lewis, 25, pled no contest in a deal that dropped three other charges.

She was arrested April 14 when police were called to investigate a report by a man who said he was held against his will. The man said Lewis and Kaiden Dieter duct taped his hands, hit him with a pop bottle and pool cue and locked him in a closet.

Police said the man was bruised and swollen, consistent with multiple assaults. He was reportedly kept and beaten intermittently for more than two days.

Lewis could receive as much as 70 years in prison and $35,000 in fines. The minimum sentence would be a year in prison for each charge.

Lincoln County District Judge Donald Rowlands ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set Aug. 20 for sentencing.



Also, Chantel Searle was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of meth with intent to distribute. She will be sentenced on Aug. 20.

Searle was arrested May 11 after police found a Colt 38 Special revolver and 25.5 grams of methamphetamine in her home in the 2700 block of W. 16th St. Police were helping a probation officer conduct a random search.

Searle admitted that it was her gun and pled no contest to both charges.

In court, Lincoln County Judge Richard Birch told her the firearm charge is a class 1-D felony that carries a maximum 50-year sentence, or at the very least, a three-year mandatory sentence.

And because of the large amount of meth, the possession charge also became a 1D felony with the same penalties.

Before Birch accepted her plea, he asked her if she understood the possible penalties. She said she did.

Birch ordered a pre-sentence investigation.


Menke sentenced

In other court action, Zachary Menke was sentenced to two years in the penitentiary plus 18-months probation after his release for assault a health care professional. Menke became hostile at the Great Plains Health emergency room.

The prosecution asked for a prison sentence based on Menke’s record, which includes three other assaults along with other crimes. He also assaulted a nurse in Grand Island.

Defense Attorney Amanda Speichert asked for a light sentence, noting that Menke had a rough childhood.

Menke spoke on his own behalf. He said he grew up rough and didn’t handle problems very well.

Lincoln County District Judge Donald Rowlands reviewed Menke’s criminal history and advised him of the seriousness of the crime.

He gave Menke credit for 84 days served.


Probation for Slaymaker 

Kaleb Slaymaker was sentenced to 39 days in jail and 18 months’ probation for attempted burglary.

Slaymaker, 21, pled no contest in a deal that reduced the charge.

He was arrested May 28 for breaking a window and entering a home on 505 West 11th St.

When officers arrived, they caught Slaymaker, who said he was only trying to get some food.

Defense Attorney Blaine Gillett said that probation is in his client’s best interest.

“Underlying all this are some drug issues that he hopes to overcome,” Gillett said.

Lincoln County District Judge Donald Rowlands said probation, with emphasis on substance abuse treatment, could be the help he needs.

Rowlands credited Slaymaker with 41 days served, leaving two additional days for court costs and ordered him to reimburse the homeowner for the cost of the broken window.



Also, Justin Foust, 35, was convicted of two counts of violation of a protection order, second offense, plus resisting arrest.

Foust pled no contest to the reduced charges.

Rowlands told Foust he could receive up to five years in prison on all charges. He ordered a pre-sentence investigation and told Foust to return Aug. 20 for sentencing.