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Wade L. Wolf
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Wesley Stickelman
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Kerec M. Gilmore

Lincoln County District Court Judge Donald Rowlands handed down several sentences Monday afternoon in district court.

Among them, Wade Wolf, 42, was sentenced to 2-6 years in the state penitentiary for burglary.

Wolf was charged Sept. 5 for breaking into a building owned by his former employer, NAPA Auto Parts, because he was angry that he could not purchase some engine parts.

After entering the building, he apparently tried to start it on fire.

The county dismissed the arson charge when he agreed to plea to the burglary charge.

Deputy County Attorney Angela Franz asked for a harsh sentence.

“He was high on meth and angry and tried to burn the building down,” she said.

But Defense Attorney Bob Lindemeier asked for probation.

“The PSI shows that he went over 10 years without a crime,” he said. “He never has had an opportunity for probation and he has served 147 days.”

Rowlands said prison time is a just punishment.

“Not only did you break in, but you tried to burn it down to cover up the evidence,” he said. “It caused over $32,000 damage that insurance paid.”

Wolf received credit for 146 days he’s served in jail since he was arrested in September.



Also, Wesley Stickelman, 46, was sentenced to 2-6 years in the pen for making terroristic threats.

Lindemeier called the victim to the stand to speak in his client’s behalf.

“He came to me for help and I did not turn him away,” she said. “He has needed help for a long time.”

She said she hoped Stickelman would get probation.

Lindemeier said the pre-sentence investigation recommends long-term help.

“He doesn’t remember anything that happened, people had to tell him,” Lindemeier said. “Being sober the last 218 days, he feels good and is doing better. He would like to have a chance at probation.”

But Rowlands said Stickelman has a record filled with violent acts.

“In this case, not only did you get mad at your girlfriend, but you poured gasoline on the windows and doors,” he said. “The fire did not go, but it had the potential to hurt or kill. Probation is not appropriate, but I will give you credit for the 218 days served.”



Kerec Gilmore, 34, was sentenced to 3 years in the state penitentiary for third-degree domestic assault and child abuse.

Roberts said that Gilmore continues to engage in the same type of behavior.

Defense Attorney Kent Florom said his client realizes he needed to stay away from the victim but he made a mistake.

“Prior to this happening, I contacted Region II for treatment, and I am on their list,” Gilmore said on his own behalf. “I was not using; I was just trying to help my family.”

Rowlands said Gilmore has a lengthy record that dates back to 1999 and includes “25 convictions, a 2-6 year prison sentence and three probation revocations.”

“In this case, your kids even tested positive for meth. You are a risk to society,” Rowlands said.

Rowlands credited him with 125 days served.



In other sentencings, Macon Hehner, 26, was sentenced to 360 days in jail for domestic assault and 30 days for witness tampering.

Lincoln County District Judge Donald Rowlands handed down the sentence.

Hehner was arrested July 7 after a 30-year-old woman who said her live-in boyfriend, Hehner, physically assaulted her twice.

The woman said that Hehner punched her in the face, causing visible injury and left, only to return and throw household items all over the place and, at one point, shove her and hold her down.

Police could not find Hehner, but a few days later, the woman called again and said Hehner grabbed her cell phone and broke it, pushed her down, head-butted her, bit her lip, and left again.

Later that day, police found Hehner hiding in a car in front another woman’s home.

He was taken to jail.

Lincoln County Chief Deputy Attorney Tanya Roberts-Connick said Hehner belongs in the state pen.

Defense Attorney Blaine Gillett asked the court to give him credit for entering a plea and saving the county the expense of a trial.

Gillett noted the pre-sentence investigation report said Hehner had a chaotic childhood and a history of drug and alcohol related problems.

Lincoln County District Judge Donald Rowlands said the PSI considered Hehner to be a high risk to reoffend.

He credited him with 207 days he’s spent in jail since his arrest in July. But, Rowlands ordered Hehner to serve another 30 days after he completes the 360-day sentence.



Blake Suhr, 28, was sentenced to 360 days in jail for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and 96 days for third-degree domestic assault.

Suhr was arrested on both charges July 8 near Applebees Restaurant. He was verbally abusive to a woman in the restaurant and someone alerted police. They found Suhr walking across the lawn and had to physically restrain him in order to get him to stop.

Suhr was carrying a cooler, which he dropped and tried to kick away, containing several individually packaged containers of marijuana, totaling about five ounces. There was a baggie in the cooler containing an unspecified amount of white powder, as well as a scale. Also, Suhr was carrying about $1,400 in cash in his pocket, according to the police report.

Suhr was already wanted because he’d violated the terms of a previous bond release from jail for domestic assault. He served 13 days, paid 10% of a $12,500 bond and was released.

The woman in the restaurant did not press charges.

Roberts-Connick said a prison term is appropropriate. She said Suhr picked up the drug charge while out on bond and the amount of money he was carrying indicated he was selling drugs.

“I have dealt with him a number of years concerning domestic violence,” she said. “I would ask he receive consecutive sentences. He has been in and out of the system and I do not think a county jail sentence will make any difference in his actions. I don’t know what else to do, but ask for the maximum.”

Defense Attorney Kent Florom said his client had mental problems and talked with his family in an effort to get inpatient treatment.

Rowlands said Suhr has a long history of convictions of abuse, including strangulation.

He gave Suhr credit for 96 days on the assault charge and issued a 360-day sentence, to be served consecutively on the drug charge.

“I hope you work with your family to get help with your mental health situation,” Rowlands said.



Joshua Baker, 26, was convicted of driving under suspension and sentenced to 300 days in jail, with a 15-year license revocation.

In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dropped a charge of flight to avoid prosecution.

Baker said he would like to ask the governor to pardon his 15 year license revocation.

Rowlands told him that he had to go five years without an offense before a pardon would be considered.

He gave him credit for 63 days served.



• Jennifer Pluard, 33, was sentenced to 300 days in jail for attempted burglary. Rowlands gave her credit for 82 days served.

• Tammy Porter, 47, was sentenced to 18 months’ probation for attempted possession and delivery of a controlled substance.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 1/30/2017
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