BEATRICE – A Beatrice man arrested following a convenience store robbery and two-state law enforcement chase last May 30th, has reached a plea deal.
23-year-old Jonathan Klein Thursday pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving and driving on a suspended license.
The gun conviction carries a mandatory prison term. Gage County District Judge Rick Schreiner set sentencing for November 21st, and left Klein’s bond set at $250,000.
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Klein’s initial appearance bond was set at $500,000. The Gage County Attorney’s Office dropped charges of robbery and use of a firearm to commit a felony, against Klein. He withdrew earlier innocent pleas to six charges, pleading guilty to four counts.
The gun conviction against Klein, carries a mandatory minimum three years in prison, up to fifty years.
The conviction of operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest carries a possible prison term of up to two years, with post-release supervision.
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The D-U-S and willful reckless driving convictions are misdemeanors.
Klein was arrested after an armed robbery of the Git-N-Split Convenience Store, in which he brandished a shotgun, at around 12:30 a.m., May 30th. Later that morning, officers spotted a car believed to be driven by Klein. He then led officers on a high-speed chase of up to 100-miles-per-hour. The pursuit went into northeast Kansas, with both Nebraska and Kansas officers involved.
Klein’s car eventually crashed in Kansas, and authorities arrested him and another man.