BEATRICE – Sentencing is scheduled for March 1st, for a 73-year-old Beatrice man arrested last summer after driving his vehicle into another man, knocking him some 30 feet away.
Clyde Rice entered no contest pleas in Gage County District Court Thursday to amended charges of 2nd-degree assault, making a terroristic threat and leaving the scene of an injury accident. Rice initially faced four felony counts, including attempted murder and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony.
District Judge Julie Smith ordered a pre-sentence investigation and a victim impact statement addressing any out-of-pocket expenses incurred.
Rice was arrested by Beatrice Police in late August after he allegedly drove his vehicle into another man. Police had responded to a report of an assault in the 100-block of High Street. They found that Rice had allegedly discharged pepper spray in the face of another man, before getting in his vehicle and driving in a wide circle around him.
Police say that’s when Rice drove into the other man. 33-year-old James Cramer was taken to a local hospital with cuts and bruises, was treated for injuries, and released.
Records show Rice was sentenced to a 1-to-2-year prison term for a manslaughter conviction in Lancaster County, in 1977. He was paroled in June, of 1978.