Bond Reduction Denied, in Gage County Assault Case

BEATRICE –  A Gage County District Judge has denied a bond reduction for a man scheduled to go on trial, in December.

Brandon Hatfield is being held in the Washington County, Kansas jail, for Gage County authorities.   He appeared by telephone during a district court hearing, where Judge Rick Schreiner declined to reduce the defendant’s $150,000 appearance bond.  He noted that a county judge and another district judge had ruled on previous bond reduction requests.

:30                  “reasonable, as well”

The judge told defense attorney Jeff Gaertig that he may be able to convince the Gage County Sheriff to hold Hatfield in the local jail, to aid the defense in preparation for the December 13th trial scheduled in the case.

Judge Schreiner says the case involves two pending felony charges, that carry potential sentences of up to 20 and up to 50 years in prison, upon conviction.

:10                  “was on probation”

The original bond in the case was $250,000.   Chief Deputy Gage County Attorney Amanda Spracklen-Hogan described the case as “a very serious, felony assault”.

Hatfield was arrested and charged for an incident November 10th of last year, in which another man was stabbed in the eye at a home in the 14-hundred block of Carlyle Street, in Beatrice.  The victim survived the attack.

In a separate case Wednesday, probation is the sentence for a Beatrice man, following a conviction for 3rd-degree assault, a misdemeanor.

Shawn Fralin was sentenced to an 18-month probation term Wednesday, by Judge Schreiner.

:22                  “much weight”

Fralin’s attorney said his client has secured a full-time job with a local manufacturer, working 40-plus hours per week.  The judge ordered Fralin to perform 10 hours of community service per week, unless he remains employed.

The sentence included court costs to be paid, totaling $150…and four 15-day jail terms throughout the probation…..time that can be waived if Fralin is complying with terms of his sentence.

Fralin had earlier pleaded no contest to the assault count.  A felony count that had been filed, was dismissed.

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