A warrant issued for a 36-year-old Omaha man who plead guilty to criminal impersonation failed to show up for his sentencing hearing in Cass County District Court.
The Cassgram reports Ralph Cotton used someone else’s name and birthday to try to avoid a driving under suspension charge when he was pulled over by a Cass County Sheriff’s Department deputy in April. It turned out the friend whose identity he used also had a suspended license.
The plea agreement had included the joint recommendation from the prosecution and defense for a 120-day county jail sentence.
The sentencing on the Class IV Felony was to be July 30th, but that was continued after Cotton said he had a funeral to attend. The rescheduled sentencing was Monday. Julie Bear of the public defender’s office said she talked to Cotton earlier in the day and he had concerns about getting to a medical appointment if he checked into jail. She said she explained the procedure to him over the phone, but then did not know his whereabouts or why he failed to show for court that afternoon.
A Class IV Felony conviction carries a sentence of up to five years in state prison.