Judge follows plea agreement. 49-year-old Rodney Spangler of Lincoln, formerly of Plattsmouth, had pled guilty to theft by receiving, a Class III Felony. In exchange for the plea, the state did not pursue adding habitual criminal charges against Spangler which would have lengthened his prison time. The state dismissed one other theft charge. The prosecution and defense jointly recommended a sentence of not less than 10 years and not more than 11 years in the Nebraska Department of Corrections and District Judge Randall Rehmeier followed the recommendation at sentencing last week. Under state sentencing laws, Spangler will serve five years before being eligible for parole.
The Cassgram reports Spangler, who had been in Cass County Jail since his arrest on August 18th, pled guilty to stealing a gold wedding ring set from a residence on North 11th Street in Plattsmouth. Deputy Cass County Attorney Steve Sunde said police were first notified of a “squatter” living in the backyard of the residence. Police learned Spangler had been released just five days earlier from the Sarpy County Jail. It was during the booking process that the wedding ring set was found in his possession and the investigation led to the discovery that the rings were missing from the house on the property where Spangler was found.