Chance Ragle was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison Monday in Lincoln County District Court, after he was convicted of repeated assaults.
Ragle violently assaulted a North Platte woman on April 13. The victim ended up in the emergency room, traumatized with bruises all over her body, according to the arrest record.
He was initially charged with sexual assault, terroristic threats, strangulation and domestic assault.
On May 4, investigators said Ragle called a mutual acquaintance from the jail to try to convince the victim to retract the statements.
That effort earned him a charge of tampering with a witness.
The initial assault charges narrowed to third-degree domestic assault, repeat offense, as the case progressed. In a plea agreement, Ragle pled no contest on July 10 to the lesser charges.
In January 2018, Ragle led sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase on rural roads east of Lake Maloney, finally stopping a mile or so after his tires blew out on stop spikes that had been deployed.
Earlier that same day, a police officer pulled him over in North Platte and talked to him. Ragle argued and then he tried to drive away with the officer hanging on the side of his vehicle. He drove to the other side of the street and the officer fell off with only minor injuries. Ragle drove off and evaded law officers for most of the afternoon.
Six hours later, he was found near Lake Maloney and finally arrested.
At the time, Ragle had quite a record of previous arrests. He had only been out of jail for a few days, after spending 83 days behind bars for assault.
He’s been in jail since his arrest on April 13.
On Monday, he was sentenced to 30 months in state prison, plus 18 months of supervision after he gets out.
The prison sentence will be shortened by the 222 days (7.5 months) that he’s been incarcerated awaiting the resolution of his case, plus any “good time” that he accumulates without causing trouble at the prison. Lincoln County District Judge Michael Piccolo issued the sentence.
In other sentencings, Jerrita Kindle aka Jerrita Running Enemy was ordered to spend 5-8 years in the Nebraska Women’s Correctional Center for meth distribution.
Kindle was arrested May 11 in the 1100 block of E. Fifth along with Mark Ramos. Police found about 26 grams of meth along with a digital scale and unused baggies in a basement room of their home.
Kindle, 38, was convicted of meth distribution on Sept. 11. She pled guilty to the charge.
The court denied her request to enter a 60-day treatment program in Lincoln on Nov. 13.
The couple were arrested during an intense 10 days of police arrests in North Platte in early May. During that time, 15 suspects were charged with meth possession and/or distribution.
The case against Ramos continues to work its way through the court. He is scheduled to appear at district court a hearing on Dec. 4.
Brenda Lee of North Platte was sentenced to two years of probation for possession of meth and hydrocodone pills.
Lincoln County District Judge Cindy Volkmer handed down the sentence.
Under the terms of the probation, she was ordered to abstain from drinking alcohol or using illegal substances. She will be subjected to random searches and tests. She was also ordered to continue counseling and pay $156 in court costs.
Lee was arrested on Dec. 28, when the car she was riding in was pulled over for failure to signal a turn.
The state trooper reportedly smelled marijuana coming from the car, which led him to search it. The driver, Martin Ramos, was cited for no drivers’ license, a traffic violation and possession of less than an ounce of pot.
The trooper found about three grams of meth and seven hydrocodone pills in a pouch in Lee’s purse, plus some small baggies and a scale, according to the arrest affidavit. Lee was initially charged with distribution of controlled substances, but that charge was reduced in a plea agreement with prosecutors.
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