Assault At Race Track Sentencing

Sentencing on assault at race track.

A husband and wife each 18 month probation sentences. With entries on his previous criminal record, the husband is also ordered to spend three weekends (9 days) in the county jail.

Roger and Theresa Brindley, both age 35 and of Lincoln, had pled no contest to misdemeanor charges for a disturbance at Eagle Raceway last summer. Both originally faced Class IIIA Felony counts for a scuffle in the stands with a then 13-year-old girl but accepted plea agreements.

The Cassgram reports Deputy Cass County Attorney Steve Sunde said the Brindleys were seated a few rows in front of the girl when an argument over race car drivers began. Theresa Brindley threw a beer in the face of the girl; Roger Brindley struck the girl, leaving a welt on her forehead, said Sunde. Attorneys for the Brindleys said their clients were upset about the foul language they heard.

In the sentencing hearing Monday, Sunde agreed that Mrs. Brindley was a suitable candidate for probation but asked for a 180 day jail sentence for her husband. Sunde said Roger had a record in the 1990s that included violence, and other entries like trespassing and making false statements to a police officer. The Brindleys’ story differed from that of the victim, her mother and from that of an independent third party, and that “fits in with Roger Brindley’s history of lying to police,” said Sunde.

Cass County District Judge Randall Rehmeier termed it “an unfortunate incident.” While acknowledging that Roger Brindley has done a “relatively good job” of following the law since 2000, he also noted the prosecution’s request for jail time and decided on the three-weekend sentence.

Part of their probation includes community service and anger management classes.


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