BEATRICE – A 27-year-old Beatrice man has been ordered to prison, for attempted 1st-degree sexual assault of a 15-year-old youth.
Cody Haynes was sentenced Wednesday to three-to-five years in state prison, by Gage County District Judge Rick Schreiner. Defense Attorney Dustin Garrison asked that the judge consider probation.
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Haynes earlier pleaded no contest to the reduced charge, while other counts were dismissed. The conviction carried the potential for up to twenty years in prison.
The judge said the victim in the case was too young to consent to sex.
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Deputy Gage County Attorney Michael Wehling said Haynes measured as a high risk in nearly every category of evaluation, in the pre-sentence report. Garrison took issue with the report’s conclusions. The judge said Haynes is getting too old to be making the kinds of decisions he is making.
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Haynes received credit off his sentence for 282 days spent in custody and could become eligible for parole in about a year. He’ll have to register as a convicted sex offender.
Beatrice Police last September were called to investigate a possible sexual assault of a 15-year-old, where the victim had been taken to Beatrice Community Hospital, for an exam. Authorities learned that the boy had gone to Haynes North 9th Street home, to “hang out” and had been drinking prior to arriving there.
Haynes was contacted by Beatrice Police, brought to police headquarters, questioned, then arrested for sexual assault.