BEATRICE – A district judge has declined to keep a Barneston man on probation, saying that alternative hasn’t worked well. 20-year-old James Lopez was sentenced in Gage County District Court Thursday, to concurrent 18-month state prison terms and 90-days on a third charge.
Judge Rick Schreiner revoked the probation term Lopez was serving and also ordered post-release supervision for twelve months.
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Lopez was sentenced for operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, intentional child abuse causing no injury, and driving on a suspended license. The charges stemmed from an incident, May 24th of 2017, when he led Beatrice Police on a pursuit after an officer attempted to stop his vehicle for a broken taillight. At the time, a 17-year-old youth was a passenger in the vehicle.
Lopez had been placed on a three-year term of probation in September, 2017.