A 24-year-old North Platte man has been given 5-to-10 years in prison for using a hammer to beat a man and steal his prescription medications.
Court records say Ryan Houghtaling had pleaded no contest to the assault charge and guilty to two felony drug charges. In return, prosecutors dropped robbery and weapons charges. He was sentenced on Monday by Lincoln County District Judge Donald Rowlands.
Rowlands gave Houghtaling the prison time for the assault and 231 days for each drug charge, then credited Houghtaling for 231 days already served while awaiting disposition of his case.
Houghtaling had been arrested Feb. 8 after assaulting another
resident of his apartment complex.