Judge gives a maximum sentence in arson case. 25-year-old Jared Rye of Buccaneer Bay had entered no contest pleas to third-degree arson and attempted burglary as part of a plea agreement. Both are Class IV felonies. There was no agreement on sentencing as court proceedings proceeded to that phase this week.
The Cassgram reports Rye was already serving a 1 to 3 year sentence in state prison after pleading no contest to felony flight to avoid arrest in western Nebraska. He was arrested and then convicted in Lincoln County after a 150 mile chase following a convenience store robbery in Alda, Nebraska last November. There is a Class II Felony case still active in Hall County for his alleged part in the Alda incident. He was also sentenced earlier this summer in Cass County Court to 180 days and 365 days for a police pursuit last year.
In the case for which he was sentenced this week, the prosecution says Rye and another man went to a house northwest of Plattsmouth last November. No one was at home. Three guns were stolen and a couch was set on fire. The pair later went back on another day and set fire to a vehicle in the driveway of the same residence.
Deputy Cass County Attorney Steve Sunde asked for consecutive sentences of not less than 20 months and not more than 5 years on each count, the maximum under Nebraska law. Sunde said the maximum was justified because of the amount of property damage involved and the effects the incidents had in displacing the victim family for months and the lingering fears the children still experience.
Alternate public defender Mike Ziskey asked for any prison sentence to be served concurrently with the sentence Rye is already serving in the state department of corrections.
Rye spoke on his own behalf and apologized. “I really hurt a lot of people …I wish I could take it back but I can’t.”
Before announcing the 20-month to 5-year consecutive sentences that start after Rye’s previous sentences are served, Cass County District Court Judge Randall Rehmeier noted the damage amounted to $150,000 to $170,000.