Dana Foster was sentenced to 3-8 years in the Nebraska penitentiary Monday for domestic assault, false imprisonment and meth distribution.

Foster was arrested in May 2023. His arrest was one of two dozen meth arrests in the city in a span of about 10 days.

Lincoln County District Judge Michael Piccolo handed down the sentence.

In Foster’s case, a domestic fight brought meth into the light.

Police said they went to a home in the 600 block of S. Ash around 8 a.m. on May 2 to check out the reported disturbance.

When officers arrived, the woman there said that Foster, 41, threatened to kill her while holding a knife and hatchet, and did so in front of two juveniles who were in the victim’s custody.  

The woman tried to leave the house, but Foster reportedly prevented it. She finally took shelter under a bed, which is where the police found her.  

Police found fresh blood in the kitchen and living room. The glass on the oven door was broken. The woman had injuries that corresponded to her account.

Foster was taken into custody and a search warrant obtained. The search turned up a pill bottle in the garage with 27.5 grams of substance that was later confirmed as methamphetamine.

The woman, Ricci Foster, also had a protection order against Dana Foster.

Foster was taken to the Lincoln County jail where bond was set at $200,000. He’s been in jail most of the time since then.

In addition to the three crimes of which he was convicted, he was initially charged with illegal use of a weapon, terroristic threat, violation of a protection order and child neglect. Those charges were dismissed.

He’s already served 311 days of his sentence, waiting for his court case to be completed.


in other court sentencings, Brandon Rader-Schmidt was sentenced to two years of probation and other sanctions for attempted distribution of child porn. He was arrested on June 27, 2023 after an extensive investigation by the Nebraska State Patrol.

Rader-Schmidt, 20, will be a registered sex offender, submit to searches of his electronic devices and complete a sex offender evaluation.

Lincoln County District Judge Cindy Volkmer issued the sentence.

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