Beatrice Man Sentenced to Prison, For Role in Store Robbery

BEATRICE – A Beatrice man has been sentenced to prison for convictions related to an armed robbery of a convenience store.

23-year-old Jonathan Klein was sentenced Wednesday, to serve a 10-to-15-year prison sentence, by Gage County District Judge Rick Schreiner.

:18                  “not be tolerated”

Klein was convicted of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, willful reckless driving, operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest and driving on a suspended license.  The gun conviction carried a mandatory minimum three-year prison term.

As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors dropped charges of robbery and use of a weapon in the commission of a felony.

Klein was arrested after an armed holdup of the Git-N-Split Convenience Store, in which he possessed a shotgun, at around 12:30 a.m., May 30th.  Later that morning, officers spotted a car believed to be driven by Klein.  He then led officers on a high-speed chase of up to 100-miles-per-hour.  The pursuit went into northeast Kansas, with both Nebraska and Kansas officers involved.

Klein’s car eventually crashed in Kansas, and authorities arrested him and another man.

Deputy Gage County Attorney Justin Huber said Klein was a convicted felon when he had possession of the shotgun…which terrorized a clerk at the convenience store.

:35                  “by law enforcement”

Huber described it as “an extremely dangerous course of conduct”.

Klein’s attorney, Gage County Public Defender Lee Timan (TIE-mun) pointed out that Klein was not convicted of robbery.

:26                  “those charges”

Klein told the judge before sentencing he knew what happened was wrong.

:15                  “moving forward”

No one was injured in the robbery. The judge gave Klein credit off his prison sentence for 176 days spent in jail.

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