Burglars Enter Guilty Pleas

Three men enter guilty pleas for burglaries dating back to September and October of 2009 in Cass County.

The Cassgram 24-year-old Joshua S. Hauschild of Weeping Water, 21-year-old Anthony E. Houchin of Weeping Water and 23-year-old Brandon L. Fisher of St. Joseph, Missouri each pled guilty to two counts apiece and agreed to restitution. The prosecution and defense agreed on recommended jail sentences. All three will be sentenced January 3rd.

The restitution liabilities in the “joint and several” arrangement are $19,000 for Fisher, $18,000 for Hauschild and $11,000 for Houchin. (The Legal Dictionary says that in such a case the entire judgment may be collected from any one of the parties, or from any and all of the parties in various amounts until the judgment is paid in full.)

There were seven burglaries in which at least two of the three of defendants were believed to be involved. Written plea arrangements were filed in Cass County District Court that outlined the dismissal of other charges and also stated prosecution agreements to not file charges in the burglaries where no charges had been filed.

Hauschild received the stiffest recommended sentence at 2 to 3 years on each count, to be served concurrently, in the Nebraska Department of Corrections. Three burglary cases against Hauschild were dismissed.

The convictions are Class III Felonies for burglaries at Murray Building & Supply in Murray and Lots 4 Less in Plattsmouth. Deputy Cass County Attorney Steve Sunde said Hauschild and Fisher entered the buildings after cutting off power and disabling the alarm systems. Power tools, a file cabinet and a safe were among the items stolen at Murray Building & Supply and cartons of name brand cigarettes were taken at Lots 4 Less.

Hauschild has been unable to post bond and has been in Cass County Jail since his arrest in early July.

Houchin pled guilty to a Class III Felony count of burglary and a Class I Misdemeanor count of attempted possession of methamphetamine. Three other charges were dropped.

The joint recommendation is for an 18 month to 3 year sentence in the Nebraska Department of Corrections.

Sunde said Houchin’s restitution amount is lower because he took part in only three of the burglaries.

The burglary conviction is for Houchin’s role as the driver and lookout at the break-in at Ruli’s Pour House in Nehawka, said Sunde. Hauschild and Fisher entered the bar and took cash and liquor.

The meth conviction is the result of officers finding a pipe with meth residue in Houchin’s possession when he was arrested on the burglary warrants in July.

Houchin remains free on bond.

Fisher pled guilty to Class III Felony burglary and Class IV Felony possession of burglary tools. The recommendation at sentencing will be for one year in the Nebraska Department of Corrections.

Fisher and Hauschild broke into a residence in Plattsmouth using an “all purpose tool” and took a 32-inch TV, a laptop computer, a phone and an Ipod player, said Sunde.

Fisher was the first of the three to cooperate with authorities, said Sunde. A terroristic threat charge was dropped as part of the plea agreement.

Fisher remains free on bond.

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