Columbus Man Given Probation for Attempted 1st-Degree Assault

COLUMBUS, Neb. – A Columbus man was spared jail-time on Friday after the judge, prosecution and the defense all felt probation was a reasonable sentence.

20-year-old Andrew McCarter was given two and a half years of probation by Judge Robert Steinke, after being convicted of attempted first-degree assault in August.

McCarter was initially accused of forcible rape by a woman after an incident in Kansas. The records say he sent her a text message apologizing for “raping” her.

McCarter’s attorney Mark Sipple showed the court text messages the girl sent McCarter after the Kansas incident, where she said she had a great weekend.

“The victim had no credibility,” says Sipple.

Therefore because of the “strengths and weaknesses” on both sides, both Sipple and the state recommended probation to Judge Steinke.

“We both felt it was reasonable,” says Sipple.

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