Quirt Orsborn testified in district court Monday that he is on the road to recovery, but his sworn testimony apparently didn’t do much to lower his sentence.
Orsborn will serve 2-6 years in the state penitentiary for illegal possession of meth and mushrooms with intent to deliver. Lincoln County District Judge Richard Birch handed down the sentence.
A North Platte police officer on patrol was checking a motel parking lot on March 15 when he found a suspicious license plate. He checked the plate number and discovered the owner, Orsborn, was wanted for crimes in Scotts Bluff County.
When police checked Orsborn’s motel room and his car, they found methamphetamine and psilocybin mushrooms, as well as cocaine, LSD and distribution paraphernalia.
In court, Orsborn testified under oath that he has no intention of going back to his former lifestyle.
He’s been through treatment at Valley Hope and is currently living in a halfway house – the Platte Valley Recovery House. He has a full time job and has “learned a lot about myself,” he said.
He said he’s learned how to be proactive in his recovery.
Deputy Lincoln County Attorney Angela Franz said police found 42 grams of meth in his possession, and she pointed to Orsborn’s criminal history.
“He’s had five previous felonies in Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma,” Franz said.
Before sentencing, Birch told Orsborn that he hopes his effort to stay sober works, but he noted Orsborn’s long record of criminal activities.
He said pre-sentence investigators did not recommend probation, and he said sentences convey a message to the public about the seriousness of the crime. Then he handed down the 2-6 year sentence, along with a lesser sentence for related crimes that will be served at the same time as the longer sentence.
He also gave Orsborn credit for 147 days in jail since his arrest.
Then, Orsborn took a seat that is reserved for defendants who are sentenced to immediate incarceration.
In other court action Monday morning, Walterio Seabrooks was sentenced to 20 months of probation and his driver’s license was revoked for two years, effectively immediately.
On Aug. 30, Seabrooks took a 2017 Dodge Challenger from the Janssen Chrysler Dodge dealership in North Platte valued at approximately $45,000.
Seabrooks turned up in Perkins County around 1 p.m. on Aug. 31. Perkins County sheriff’s deputies chased him, with the Challenger headed toward Lincoln County.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the Nebraska State Patrol helped get Seabrooks stopped and into custody. He was in jail for 44 days, according to sheriff’s records.
During the chase, speeds reached 140 mph, County Attorney Rebecca Harling said Monday.
On his own behalf, Seabrooks told Judge Birch that he is working now, and losing his driver’s license would hold him back.
Birch was not persuaded
“You placed a lot of people in risk of serious injury,” he said, and reaffirmed the two-year license revocation.
Terrance Alexander, 20, will be on probation for another year and a half. He has already served a stint in jail and probation for attempted possession of a stolen firearm.
Alexander was charged March 9, 2017 with making terroristic threats with a large-caliber semi-automatic handgun at a party at a rural residence west of the city.
He spent 108 days in jail on that charge and was released on his own recognizance, according to sheriff’s records.
This time, he will spend 18 months on probation for using a weapon to commit a felony.