Justice Delayed For Man Who Fired Shots

The trial for man with a gun has been moved back to the late May docket.

Forty-seven-year-old Jerald T. Burgess, also known as Jerry Bacon (or variations of) was originally scheduled for trial in about two weeks in Cass County District Court, but his attorney’s wife is expecting a baby about that time and, according to court documents, negotiations continue on a possible plea agreement.

The Cassgram reports three gunshots being fired outdoors brought all available deputies and several Nebraska State Patrol troopers to South Bend last October. Several people in a house were ordered outside of the house when law enforcement arrived and a sheriff’s deputy said he witnessed Burgess throw a gun, later turning out to be a .44 magnum handgun, onto the roof the residence before leaving the area. He was picked up by Omaha Police after a warrant was issued in Cass County last fall.

Burgess is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. The enhancer of being an habitual criminal has also been added to the charge. Among previous convictions on his record are felony motor vehicle homicide in Cass County in 1994 and forgery in Pottawattamie County, Iowa in 2003.

He has remained in Cass County Jail since his arrest. His bond was reduced once from $250,000 to $125,000 but other requests for a bond reduction have not been granted by the judge.


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