A Plattsmouth man will serve sentence in the Nebraska Department of Corrections.
The Cassgram reports 46-year-old Michael J. Stander received concurrent sentences of 1 to 2 years on two Class IV Felony convictions. Stander had entered guilty pleas to felony criminal mischief and theft by receiving in a plea agreement in which higher degree felonies were dismissed.
The criminal mischief involved the selling of a boat owned by a former friend for scrap. Following a restitution hearing, Cass County District Judge Randall Rehmeier ordered Stander to pay $1500 restitution to John Knight for the boat. The theft incident involved a table saw stolen from Plattsmouth. It was previously agreed that restitution for the saw would be $160.
The prosecutor, Deputy Cass County Attorney Steve Sunde, asked for consecutive sentences of 1 year to 2 years because the two crimes were not connected or committed at the same time. He said Stander’s criminal record dates back to 1985. “His criminal behavior hasn’t changed, it hasn’t abated.”
Defense James Martin Davis implored the judge to not send Stander to the state penitentiary. He suggested either a 90 day jail sentence and five years probation, or a 90 day to 5 year sentence. “You can be creative judge,” said Davis arguing that keeping Stander “under the thumb of the law” for a long time would help him more and the children is he obligated to make child support payments for.
“I truly didn’t think I was committing a crime,” said Stander about the boat incident. During the restitution hearing it was determined the boat had probably been stored on Stander’s property (with no storage fees) for about six years and exposed to the elements. Stander said he used his tree spade to pick the boat up and place it on his trailer to haul it to the scrap yard.
As to the saw and table found on Stander’s property, Stander admitted he had a “strong feeling it was stolen.”
Rehmeier said Stander has had a “difficult time here” lately and noted there is a terroristic threats charge pending. The judge described Stander’s criminal history as a “significant misdemeanor offense” record that includes convictions for assaults, criminal mischief, DUIs and carrying a concealed weapon.
Under Nebraska sentencing guidelines, Stander will have to serve six months before being eligible for parole on these convictions and can “jam out” of prison after one year.
Davis asked that Stander not have to start serving the sentence immediately. Rehmeier deferred the start of the sentence for one week.