BEATRICE – A man who served a 1970s prison term for manslaughter, is going back to prison for hitting a Gage County man with his car.
73-year-old Clyde Rice was ordered to serve a five to ten-year prison term for second-degree assault, and three-year prison terms for a terroristic threat and failure to stop and render aid. District Judge Julie Smith ordered that the terms be served concurrently.
Deputy Gage County Attorney Justin Huber called the incident that injured James Cramer, a crime of violence.
:04 “have been killed”
Huber noted Rice’s conviction in Lancaster County in the 1970s for manslaughter, prior Nebraska incidents involving intimidation by phone, attempt of a terroristic threat, and a South Dakota conviction for aggravated assault.
:10 “throughout his life”
Prior to hearing his sentence, Rice denied hitting Cramer with his vehicle. He said the other man threw hot coffee at him and his car in the incident, last August 26th.
:19 “of the car”
Rice said he has spent enough time in jail, for the incident. Judge Julie Smith noted police reports indicated that Rice pepper-sprayed the victim prior to hitting him with his car. The judge also noted investigators said Rice had made a comment to Cramer of, “now you know how the end feels”.
:22 “pepper spray, alone”
The incident happened at a former salvage operation just west of downtown Beatrice. Rice was later arrested by police, at his home. The judge cited Rice’s past record of violence.
:09 “later died”
The judge said a probation evaluation prior to sentencing indicated that Rice didn’t feel there were any victims of his crimes.
Rice served a prior one to two-year prison term for the manslaughter in Lancaster County, and was released in June of 1978. The charge was reduced from homicide.
Rice will receive credit off his new prison sentence, for 189 days spend in jail. His driver’s license was revoked, for a fifteen-year period.