Strange Case Resolved

A Council Bluffs man pleads guilty to cocaine possession. 26-year-old Bradley J. Ryan was then released from the Cass County Jail when paperwork was completed after his combined plea and sentencing hearing. The time he had already served fulfilled the jail sentence given.

The Cassgram reports Ryan was a passenger in his own car on Interstate 80 on September 24th when he phoned in an attempted theft of the vehicle. The Nebraska State Patrol responded and after investigation, Ryan was charged with possession of cocaine, a Class IV Felony.

Ryan pleaded guilty to the charge and part of the plea agreement was that the recommended sentence would be 90 days in the county jail, a sentence the judge agreed with when the case went to immediate sentencing.

Since he never posted bail, and with Nebraska’s sentencing guidelines, Ryan qualified for release.

Cass County District Judge Randall Rehmeier asked Ryan about the arrest incident. Ryan said a friend of his was driving and wouldn’t stop the vehicle, prompting Ryan to make the call to law enforcement. A small rock of crack cocaine was found on the passenger seat floor.

Rehmeier noted that this was the first felony on Ryan’s record and that the amount of cocaine was apparently for personal use.

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