Restitution agreements were factored in the sentences for two individuals convicted on theft charges.
Restitution was not a factor in another sentencing. None of the cases were related, but all three were before Cass County District Court Judge Randall Rehmeier this week.
The Cassgram reports 25-year-old Jeremy R. Jakub of Lake Waconda had pled no contest to two Class III Felony theft charges. The plea was part of a deal in which six other charges were dismissed. He took items from garages on East Lake Drive and West Shore Drive at Lake Waconda 13 months ago.
In the two thefts for which Jakub was convicted, the victims submitted documentation showing they were out $6,000 and $769 respectively.
Rehmeier said correspondence from the victims indicated one victim was concerned about Jakub having to go to state prison and the other was more interested in getting restitution so that helped him decide that a probation sentence was appropriate.
Jakub was placed on probation for four years and ordered to begin paying at least $150 restitution monthly beginning March 1st. The judge said some jail time was also appropriate and ordered Jakub, who is employed fulltime, to report to Cass County Jail on Friday evenings and be released on Sunday evenings for 10 consecutive weekends beginning February 10th.
A defendant in a Nebraska Lottery ticket scheme received a sentence similar to that of another individual sentenced a few months ago who had also been in on the thefts.
Twenty-eight-year-old Elizabeth L. Vandermolen pleaded guilty to a Class I Misdemeanor count of theft. She was originally charged with a felony. Part of the plea agreement to reduce the charge was that she makes restitution to Lucky’s convenience store.
Chief Deputy Cass County Attorney Colin Palm said Vandermolen, who now lives in South Dakota, did fulfill the agreement that she pay $1250—half of the total restitution amount—by her sentencing hearing.
Rehmeier sentenced her to 18 months probation and ordered her to make monthly payments until the remaining $1250 is paid.
(The other person convicted in the scheme, 26-year-old Antonio K. Fujikawa of Plattsmouth, was sentenced to probation and has already paid $2500 in restitution to Lucky’s.)
Twenty-six-year-old Adam Beil of Plattsmouth was sentenced to two years probation. He was guilty of a Class IV Felony for the theft of jewelry from a residence on Beach Road on June 6th of last year. He also had a Class I Misdemeanor conviction for the theft of tools on June 2nd and a Class II Misdemeanor for the theft of ID cards and other items from a wallet on June 2nd.
After his arrest in June in Plattsmouth, Beil spent three months in the Sarpy County Jail for a conviction on an unrelated case and then three months in a three-quarter way house.
While he was in the treatment house in Omaha, he got a job working overnights at a production facility and still has that job today.
Rehmeier said it appears from all reports, including the presentence report from the probation office, that Beil has “done a good job of getting his life back on track” and is not using drugs any more.
Some of the stolen items were recovered. None of the victims requested restitution.