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William Dennis Butrick

At around 7:30 p.m. Monday a policeman on patrol saw William “Dennis” Butrick, 21, driving in the area of Maple and Rodeo Road.

The officer followed and contacted Butrick as he left the vehicle.

A check showed that Butrick’s driver’s license was suspended. And, he has two active warrants from Keith County, one for an unspecified attempted felony and the other for failure to appear, driving under suspension and procuring alcohol for a minor.

Butrick was arrested and jailed.

In court Tuesday, Butrick waived his right to an attorney and pled guilty to driving under suspension, saying he needed to get to Keith County to take care of the charges there and he wanted to do so as soon as possible.

His license was suspended for another year and he was fined $150. He said he would have to set out the fine, and was ordered to remain in jail for 50 hours.

Butrick was arrested in August 2011 along with two other North Platte men, Austin Welch and Kristian Woodhouse, in connection with five burglaries. Police said the three men broke into sheds and garages, sometimes working alone and other times together. Homeowners reported full gasoline cans were stolen.

He was sentenced to the Work Ethic Camp in McCook, but was discharged for assaulting another camp resident.

In late-February 2012, District Judge Donald Rowlands re-sentenced Butrick to 240 days in jail, crediting him 190 days for time served before sentencing.

“He’s only 20,” defense attorney Blaine Gillett said at the time. “He certainly has the ability to turn his life around.”

But in April 2012, Butrick filled his car with gas at stations in North Platte and drove off without paying on two separate occasions.

He was charged with two counts of theft and one count of driving under a suspended license, but the latter charge was dismissed after he pled guilty to the two drive-offs.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 5/28/2013
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