Beatrice, Wymore Defendants Sentenced to Prison

BEATRICE – A Gage County man has been ordered to serve a prison term of 3-to-8 years, following convictions in three cases.

Concurrent sentences were handed down in Gage County District Court to Casey Oldfield, for theft by receiving stolen property, possession of methamphetamine, attempted distribution of meth and operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest.

District Judge Julie Smith turned down a defense recommendation for a five-year probation term and county jail time.

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The judge said there was an indication from state probation that Oldfield did not consider there were any victims from his crimes because he did not hurt anyone.  The judge also cited from the pre-sentence report that Oldfield did not believe he should be arrested for some of the offenses, and that law enforcement was out to get him.

Judge Smith ordered Oldfield to make payment of $4,250 restitution to the victims of his crimes.   Oldfield has already paid about half that amount.   He could become eligible for parole, in about one-and-a-half years.  Oldfield initially pleaded not guilty to twelve separate charges, last September.

A Wymore man has been sentenced to prison, after being found to have a marijuana growing operation in his home.   The case of 55-year-old William Harvey was originally the subject of an evidence suppression motion.

Harvey was arrested after police had gone to his residence, searching for another person wanted on a warrant.  While there, authorities observed contraband through a window of the home, obtained a search warrant, and seized evidence from the house. Harvey eventually accepted a plea agreement in the case.

In Gage County District Court Thursday, Harvey received concurrent prison sentences totaling 3-to-5 years, for attempted manufacture of marijuana and possession of THC.   The sentence was a recommendation of both the state and defense.

Prosecutor, Michael Guinan said Harvey had a long criminal history, and of special concern was his history of resisting arrest and assault of an officer.

Guinan said Harvey did not resist arrest, in this case.

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Defense lawyer, Jeff Gaertig, said it was “a bitter pill” for Harvey to swallow.  He said Harvey lived by himself in Wymore, minding his own business and not interfering with other people’s lives.

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If not for accepting a plea agreement, Gaertig says the suppression ruling may have been an appeal issue.

Guinan said Harvey’s home was in a school zone, but that there was no evidence Harvey was pushing marijuana on children.  Guinan said “this wasn’t the crime of the century, but it was a felony”.

Under his sentence, Harvey could become eligible for parole, in slightly less than 18 months.   Judge Julie Smith granted a defense motion to delay the start of the sentence until 8 a.m., Monday.    That gives Harvey time to remove belongings from the Wymore home, which a relative is in the process of selling.

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