Two years probation for a 24-year-old Plattsmouth man who spent 198 days in the Cass County Jail after a shots-fired incident last summer. The Cassgram reports the judge indicated he was considering more incarceration time but decided on probation after hearing from the defendant and his attorney at the sentencing hearing.
Timothy E. Jones was arrested by Plattsmouth Police in August after three shots were fired following an all-night party at the residence where Jones lived with friends at the time. The prosecution said some witnesses said Jones had pointed the gun at two other individuals before it fired off three rounds while the gun was being wrestled away from Jones.
In accounts he gave of the incident, Jones said he purposely fired the shots into the ground from the .32 caliber revolver.
Jones never posted bond and had been in jail since the incident. In January he pled no contest to terroristic threats, a Class IV Felony. A Class IC Felony charge for the gun use was dismissed in exchange for the plea.
Deputy Cass County Attorney Richard Fedde said Jones has a history of alcohol and/or drug abuse but “that doesn’t excuse what occurred.” Fedde asked for a sentence of 20 months to 4 years.
Defense attorney William Gallup described how Jones never had a stable family situation, terming it as “a sad thing.” Gallup asked Cass County Judge Randall Rehmeier to be the first one to give Jones “a break in his life” and asked for a probationary sentence.
Jones told Rehmeier, “I want to choose a better road for myself.” He said the support of Alcohol Anonymous friends and a church he’s becoming a part of will help him succeed.
“Only bad things can happen when guns are brought into a disturbance,” said Rehmeier who agreed that alcohol and drugs appear to be “the main issue”. After commenting on the severity of the incident, Rehmeier told Jones, “You’ve either learned or you haven’t. Let’s see how you can do on probation.”
The judge admitted he had not anticipated giving a probation sentence in Jones’ case. He hadn’t brought the necessary forms to the hearing and had to go back into his chambers to get the paperwork.