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Devin Frerichs
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Quirt J. Orsborn
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Brian J. Piel
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Austin Desiderio
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John A. Hernandez

Defendants in three felony cases were convicted Thursday in Lincoln County Court after charges were reduced in plea agreements.

All three were sentenced to probation.


Devin Frerichs, 29, pled guilty to attempted possession of methamphetamine and he was sentenced to a year of probation.

He took advantage of a plea agreement that reduced the charge to a misdemeanor and dismissed other charges against him.

As part of the deal, Deputy County Attorney Angela Franz offered him a choice of probation or a straight sentence. Frerichs chose probation.

According to court records, Frerichs was arrested February 27 after police stopped his vehicle for displaying an expired in-transit sticker. During the traffic stop, he voluntarily gave the officer a glass pipe. That led to a search and the discovery of a baggie containing residue that tested positive for meth.

When sentenced, Frerichs said, “I appreciate the opportunity to get probation.”



Nicholas Ohmes, 27, was facing two counts of domestic assault of a pregnant woman, but instead pled no-contest to a reduced charge of threatening a person in a menacing manner.

He was sentenced to 14 months’ probation.

Ohmes was arrested March 29 after his girlfriend told police that he shoved her, causing her pain.

Lincoln County Judge Kent Turnbull told Ohmes’ his original felony charge was serious and advised him not to break the terms of probation and end up in front of him again.



Likewise, Natasha Thomas was convicted of attempted possession of Tramadol and sentenced to a year of probation.

She pled no contest to the reduced charge.

Thomas, 18, was charged after a traffic stop. She was driving on a suspended license. During the stop, the officer found two Tramadol pills and marijuana in her possession.

In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dropped the driving under suspension count. Turnbull ordered her to pay court costs.



Also, a Scottsbluff man faced drug distribution charges.

Quirt Orsborn, 41, waived his right to a preliminary hearing on charges of possession of cocaine and LSD.

According to the police report, he was arrested March 15 when a North Platte police officer on patrol was checking a motel parking lot and found a suspicious license plate.

He checked the plate number and discovered the registered owner, Quirt James Orsborn, was wanted for misdemeanors in Scotts Bluff County.

Orsborn and Valeria Thorpe, 31, were found in the room. Thorpe is wanted for distribution charges in Scotts Bluff County.

A drug dog was summoned from the Nebraska State Patrol. The dog indicated the presence of drugs in the vehicle, police spokesman John Deal said.

When the car was searched, police found “several grams of suspected methamphetamine and psilocybin mushrooms."

Orsborn was also charged with distribution and possession of cocaine.

On March 30, he waived his right to a preliminary hearing on charges of possession of meth and distribution.

Defense Attorney Amanda Speichert asked for a bond reduction.

With no objections from the county Piccolo reduced bond to $62,500 and bound the case over to district court.



In other court action, charges were bound over to district court against four defendants, including Brian Piel.

Piel, 28, faced a charge of assault on a confined person. The prosecution presented a video of the alleged fight in the jail.

Pell contested the charge during a preliminary hearing, but afterwards, Turnbull ruled that the county produced sufficient evidence to show probable cause to believe that an assault occurred.

There is a string of pending charges against Piel in district court. He awaits a May 22 hearing for first-degree sexual assault of a child as well as a third-degree assault charge.

The latest charge is from a fight in the jail on March 30.


Makes Room For Them

Quannalyn Makes Room For Them, 32, waived her preliminary hearing for separate charges of theft and shoplifting.

Turnbull bound the charges over to district court and reduced her bond to $7,500.



Also, Austin Desiderio waived his right to a preliminary hearing for the charge of burglary.

He was arrested May 9 after police investigated a break in. The victim said

Desiderio, 30, is charged with stealing clothing, jewelry, electronics and a handgun, as well as some unspecified documents.

Police said they found the stolen firearm inside Desiderio’s apartment, along with other property that was reported stolen.

In exchange for the waiver, Defense Attorney Amanda Speichert asked the court to reduce bond.

“He is employed and has no previous record,” she said.

Lincoln County Court Judge Michael Piccolo reduced his bond to $12,500 and bound the case over to district court.



John Hernandez, 29, waived his right to a preliminary hearing and will face a domestic assault charge in district court.

In exchange for the waiver, Speichert motioned that his bond on the latest charge run concurrently with Hernandez’s district court bonds.

Chief Deputy County Attorney Tanya Roberts-Connick did not object to a bond reduction, but asked that the bonds be consecutive, because Hernandez had failed to appear in court.

Piccolo lowered bond to $25,000 and ordered it to be consecutive to district bonds.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 5/18/2017
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