Plea Deals Reduce Charges

Two separate cases that started as felonies and were reduced to misdemeanors in plea deals wrapped up with the sentencing hearings this week.

After listening to comments from the prosecution and defense in both cases, Cass County District Court Judge Randall Rehmeier took a brief recess and went in the judge’s chambers before returning with the same verdict for each man. Eighteen months probation and two weekends in the Cass County Jail. He said both men’s problems stemmed from alcohol-related issues.

Twenty-eight-year-old Troy Liveringhouse had plead guilty to attempted threats involving explosives, a Class I Misdemeanor.

DC’s Waterhole Bar in Plattsmouth was evacuated one night last October when someone phoned 911 and said there was a bomb in the bar. Sgt. Dave Murdoch and other officers responded, but did not find anything suspicious. Murdoch was able to trace the cell call number, which led him to Liveringhouse. The prosecution said Liveringhouse had been involved in a verbal disagreement earlier that night at the bar.

The Cassgram reports Rehmeier said he had been contemplating a four to six month jail sentence, but the recommendations of probation from the defense, prosecution and pre-sentence report writer swayed him to give probation to Liveringhouse, who is now living in North Platte.

“In today’s world we can’t and don’t tolerate these types of incidents,” said Rehmeier.

Thirty-one-year-old Joseph Clark of Avoca had also plead guilty to a Class I Misdemeanor. He used brass knuckles during a fight with a man in an Avoca bar last December. The victim suffered a minor cut to the head and the prosecution said even the victim was okay with Clark avoiding a felony conviction.

Rehmeier said it was a “borderline” case between jail and probation since brass knuckles are in the same category as a knife or a baseball bat as to the harm they could cause. However, since the injury “wasn’t significant” and the prosecution said it had no problem with a probation sentence, he told Clark, “I’m willing to give you a chance.”

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