Plea Deal Ends Drug Trial, Before Testimony Begins

BEATRICE – A 38-year-old man entered no-contest pleas to two drug charges, Wednesday, ending a jury trial before testimony began.

Gage County District Judge Rick Schreiner dismissed the jury that was selected Wednesday morning for the trial of Aaron Burr, of Wymore.   Burr, his attorney and the Gage County Attorney’s Office reached agreement on reduced charges of attempted accessory to a felony…that of distributing methamphetamine… and attempted possession of methamphetamine.

Burr could receive up to a year in jail and up to a $1,000 fine on each count.  The plea agreement requires Burr to complete drug treatment.  Judge Schreiner set sentencing for December 6th.

:18                  “want that out there”

Chief Deputy Gage County Attorney Amanda Spracklen-Hogan says Burr has begun substance abuse treatment.  Judge Schreiner said the treatment provision of the plea agreement is important.

:25                  “that you face”

Burr was one of about ten people arrested over the past months as part of a Gage County investigation into drug possession, distribution and conspiracy to distribute drugs.  Some of the other defendants now face sentencing, while others have criminal charges pending, at various stages.  During the investigation, law officers monitored Gage County Jail phone calls from an inmate to at least one person on the outside, which authorities allege referenced drug distribution and profits from that distribution.

The charges to which Aaron Burr pleaded no contest, had been amended a second time.   He was to go on trial today on more serious counts of being an accessory to a felony and conspiracy to commit a felony. Burr withdrew his innocent pleas to those charges, before entering the no contest pleas to the two misdemeanors.

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