District Judge Vicky Johnson sentenced Lee M. Fowler, 29, Deshler, last week to 90 days in jail for the attempt of terroristic threats. The count is considered a misdemeanor I, and was reached through a plea agreement in October. In the agreement, Thayer County prosecutor Dan Werner agreed to stand mute during sentencing; however, during the course of the sentencing Thursday said he felt Fowler would benefit from probation.
Judge Johnson disagreed stating the Deshler man had a record containing seven infractions, 12 misdemeanors, one felony and two probation revocations. In the pre-sentence investigation, it was deemed he also had a “severe drug and alcohol problem,” she said.
Fowler was arrested nearly a year ago following a “bad break-up with his girlfriend,” said Public Defender Julie Effenbeck. “He said some bad things in the heat of the moment.” At the time Fowler served 31 days in jail.
Judge Johnson allowed credit for the time served and also fined him $216 for costs.
In a separate case, Levi Templin, 20, Hebron appeared for sentencing on a felony burglary charge; however, the case was continued to January. Templin recently served seven days in jail for disturbing the peace.
Of note, Thayer County District Court will now be held on the first Thursday of the month beginning January 1, 2011.