Thomas W. Charles, 57, Hebron, was sentenced to prison last week by district judge Vicky Johnson. Charles was arrested in February for threatening to kill another man, assault of a police officer and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony.
Judge Johnson mentioned in the summation that he had 2-3 prior felony convictions in Kansas plus one misdemeanor and one felony conviction in Nebraska.
The preliminary sentence report indicated Charles was at a very high risk to re-offend, therefore Judge Johnson said he was not a fit candidate for probation and sentenced him to a minimum of three years and a maximum of four years at the Nebraska state penitentiary. He was also given 194 days of credit for time served. He has been in jail since his arrest in February.
Charles will not be eligible for parole until December, 2013.
Also appearing in district court, Kevin R. Wiedel, 50, Hebron, was re-sentenced to one year in prison for felony attempted DUS. Wiedel was convicted and sentenced Oct. 6, 2011, but appealed the sentence stating Judge Johnson’s ruling was extreme.
The Nebraska Court of Appeals upheld the honorable Johnson’s ruling in a four-page document that ended stating, “we conclude that the sentence imposed by the district court of one year’s imprisonment for attempted driving under suspension is not excessive.”
Wiedel will be eligible for parole in six months.