Failed Second Chance

A felony threats conviction results in a prison sentence. Last month, the judge had given 26-year-old Marcus J. Munhall of Plattsmouth a chance to avoid further jail time by participating in a comprehensive alcohol abuse treatment program, but Munhall left the Omaha facility within 24 hours.

The Cassgram reports he then returned to the treatment center just a few hours later. That temporary departure though negated his chance at further participation so he was returned to Cass County Jail and was sentenced this week.

Munhall is serving not less than one year but no more than two years in the Nebraska Department of Corrections. As part of a plea agreement, Munhall pled guilty in December to terroristic threats, a Class IV Felony.

As he was being arrested last September during an early morning incident in Plattsmouth, Munhall made verbal threats to another man not only while police were present, but he also threatened one of the police officers and the officer’s family, said the prosecution.

The prosecution had asked for a 20-month to 5-year sentence. Chief Deputy Cass County Attorney Colin Palm described Munhall’s adult criminal record—a record that has 30 entries—as “extensive for someone of his age.”

In comments before Cass County District Judge Randall Rehmeier, Munhall said he knew he probably lost his chance at avoiding more jail time when he walked out of the treatment center.

Rehmeier said that when he heard Munhall had left the center it caused “pause and reflection” on his part because he allowed Munhall to go there. The judge said it “was a step backward“ but noted that Munhall did come back after a few hours instead of trying to dodge the law.

He was given credit for 136 days served since his arrest and will be eligible for parole after serving six months.

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