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Bradley A. Clark
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Clifford B. Stokes

Bradley Clark, 30, was sentenced Monday to 2-5 years in the state penitentiary for possession of a controlled substance.

Defense Attorney Kent Florom asked for a minimum sentence, noting that Clark faces other charges in Cass County.

“He said he has had enough of this kind of life and will accept treatment from Valley Hope that that Cass County is offering,” Florom said.

County Attorney Rebecca Harling asked for the prison sentence.

Lincoln County District Judge Richard Birch said he hopes Clark is serious about getting help.

“Right now, you seem to be committed to follow through,” he said. “If you don’t, you will end up spending lots more time in prison.”

Clark received credit for 129 days served. He was arrested Oct. 29 and charged with delivery, dispensing, manufacture, possession of an exceptionally hazardous drug – a class 2 felony punishable by up to 50 years imprisonment.

Before that, Clark served 135 days in the Lincoln County jail for possession of both stolen property and meth. He was released that time in April.


In other district court proceedings Monday:


Clifford Stokes was sentenced to 264 days on each of two counts of attempted possession of methamphetamines.

He pled no contest in an agreement that reduced the charges to misdemeanors.

Birch gave him credit for 75 days served and ordered the sentences be served at the same time.



Dominick Blea, 20, was convicted of third-degree sexual assault of a child after accepting a plea agreement from the county.

Blea pled no contest to the charge.

According to court records, Blea was charged June 27 when a 15-year-old girl said she had relations with him on May 16, and during the investigation, Blea admitted that the girl performed oral sex with him, prosecutors said.

Harling said that the only way to legally reduce the charge from first-degree to third-degree sexual assault was for Blea to acknowledge that the information presented was correct. Birch asked him if he accepted the facts to be correct as stated and Blea said yes.

Birch ordered him to return to court for sentencing on April 24.



Christopher Bradford, 26, failed to appear for arraignment on a possession of marijuana with intent to deliver charge.

This was the second time Bradford failed to appear.

On Feb. 24, Birch granted a motion to continue.

Defense Attorney Russ Jones said he had talked to his client.

“He said he would be here today,” Jones said, and he asked for a second continuance.

“We continued his case because he wasn’t here the last time,” Harling said, asking the judge to issue a warrant for Blea’s arrest.

Birch revoked bond and issued a warrant.

“See if you can find him,” he said.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 2/27/2017
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