Brenda Lee was sentenced to 120 days in jail Thursday for third-degree domestic assault, attempted arson and criminal mischief.Lee, 43, pled guilty to the charges, taking a deal worked out by her defense attorney, Robert Lindemeier, which reduced the assault to a misdemeanor and dismissed three other cases against her.
Lee was arrested June 29 after police investigated a report of a June 22 assault. Lee went to a man's residence, beat on his door, yelled and then poured gasoline on the porch, threatening to burn the house down. She also took a shovel, hit a car in front of the home, and slapped and hit the victim, prosecutors said.
Lincoln County Court Judge Michael Piccolo ordered the three sentences to be served at the same time, and ordered her to pay the victim $203.68 restitution.
Taylor Rivera, 25, was sentenced to 180 days in jail for third-degree domestic assault and violating a protection order.
He pled no contest to the reduced charges.
Rivera was arrested after police interviewed the victim, who said on Oct. 22, Rivera met with her at a friend's home, even though she had an active no contact protection order against him.
She told police the meeting went bad. Rivera got angry and hit her, giving her a black eye.
Defense Attorney Martin Troshynski asked to have the 25 days Rivera spent in treatment be credited to the sentence.
At his client's request, Troshynski presented a letter from the Salvation Army about Rivera’s treatment, that he had an unsatisfactory release.
Rivera hoped the letter would give him additional days to credit against his sentence.
“I am sure the court wants to hear good things in these types of letters,” Troshynski said, adding that he told Rivera he didn't think there was “anything in the letter that would help him.”
He set the two sentences to run at the same time and just gave him credit for the 25 days in treatment, plus the 48 he served in jail, awaiting court.