NP Man Accused of Beating GF with Dowel Gets Jail Time

Darrell Lewis

Darrell Lewis

A North Platte man who beat his girlfriend with a wooden dowel and threw a knife at her, has been sentenced to 364 days in jail.

Darrell Lewis, 22, appeared in Lincoln County District Court for sentencing on Monday, after pleading guilty to felony terroristic threats and 3rd degree domestic assault.

According to police, officers responded to an assault in the 1100 block of East 11th Street last December.

Lewis’ 24-year-old girlfriend told officers that Lewis had struck her in the head and arms with a large wooden dowel multiple times during an argument.

She said Lewis had also used a 8” kitchen knife to stab her personal belongings before throwing it at her.

Prior to sentencing, Lewis’ attorney, Amanda Speichert, asked judge Birch to sentence him to county jail time. ¬†She argued that this was Lewis’ first felony charge, and he had saved the state the time and expense of a trial by pleading guilty to the charges.

Before handing down the sentence, Judge Birch noted the fact that this was Lewis’ first felony, and that he had accepted responsibility for his actions.

Judge Birch said that while probation wasn’t an appropriate sentence, neither was time in the State Pen.

Lewis was given credit for 117 days already served in jail.