Posted 12 months ago
By Scott Carlson
Lincoln County District Court was a busy place Monday. Here are a few highlights:
A Wyoming man who attempted to rob the Farmer’s State Bank in Wallace entered a plea. 20-year-old Drew Steier entered a No Contest plea to Attempted Robbery. In exchange for the plea, prosecutors agreed to recommend 1 1/2 to 3 years in the State Pen and amend the charge from Robbery. Authorities say Steier walked into the bank on August 13, 2012 and ordered the teller to give him money. Steier was wearing a black ski mask and holding what appeared to be a handgun. However the gun turned out to be a toy gun. Steier and an accomplice, Tracy Black, were later apprehended in Imperial. Steier will be sentenced on April 8.
A 41-year-old North Platte man plead Not Guilty to a charge of First-Degree Sexual Assault of a Child. Edward Maline was arrested after a 19-year-old came forward and claimed that he had sexually assaulted her eleven years earlier. She accused Maline of inappropriate touching and committing acts that were sexual in nature. The victim claimed the action started when she was eight or nine years old, and continued for the next decade.
A Hershey man charged with being a Habitual Criminal made a plea deal with prosecutors. Chad Hall, 39, plead no contest to Theft by Taking, in exchange, prosecutors dropped the Habitual Criminal Charge, as well as a charge of Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Deputies received a tip last January that Hall may have a gun in his residence in Hershey. Upon execution of a search warrant, deputies found 21 long guns in a safe, including one that was considered an assault weapon. Authorities also discovered seven pistols. During the investigation, investigators discovered that Hall had also stolen and pawned jewelry. Hall will be sentenced on April 8.
A 31-year-old Brady man who assaulted his girlfriend and threatened her with firearms received probation. Jessy Ellison was given 18 months probation by Judge Richard Birch. Prosecutors agreed to drop a charge of Use of a Weapon to Commit a Felony in exchange for a guilty plea and amended the charge to Attempted Terroristic Threats. Police say that in October 2012, Ellison threatened his girlfriend with firearms before firing them into the air. He then grabbed her and threw her into the grill of his pickup.