Beatrice Man Sentenced for Drug, Attempted Tampering Convictions

BEATRICE – A Beatrice man entered guilty pleas today in two criminal cases, opting to be sentenced to incarceration at his plea hearing in Gage County District Court.

26-year-old William Umphenour will serve a two-year prison term with 12-months post-release supervision, for possession of methamphetamine.  He was ordered by District Judge Daniel Bryan Jr. to serve a concurrent one-year sentence for attempted tampering with evidence.

Deputy Gage County Attorney Callyn Schuck says the attempted tampering count stemmed from an investigation of conversations between Umphenour and another county jail inmate, regarding a call made to a burglary suspect as deputies were investigating a burglary of tools and two chain saws owned by Gary Rupprecht, of rural Odell.

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During the investigation of the burglary, the phone call was made at around the same time authorities found tools that had been discarded along a road near Pickrell, that were identified by the victim of the theft.

A plea agreement in the case included dismissal of a theft charge, against Umphenour.  He was given credit off his prison term for 116 days spent in jail on the drug charge.  Umphenour has a pending misdemeanor case where he is to be sentenced in Lancaster County.