Fairbury Man Sentenced for Gage County Cell Tower Burglary

BEATRICE – A 6-to-8-year prison term is the sentence for a Fairbury man in a Gage County burglary.

32-year-old Johnathan Loury was sentenced Thursday in district court, and is awaiting sentencing on other cases in Jefferson and Saline Counties.  Chief Gage County Deputy Attorney Amanda Spracklen Hogan said Loury’s run-ins with the law are extensive.

:08                  “were unsuccessful”

Defense Attorney Scott Gropp said his client’s criminal history is driven by addiction.

:20                  “he has there”

Judge Rick Schreiner noted that Loury’s past involvement in thefts should have been “shots across the bow” letting him know that bad things are coming if he repeats that behavior.

:07                  “wake-up call to you”

Loury receives credit off his prison sentence for 188 days spent in jail.  Five other charges against him were dismissed in a plea agreement.

Loury was arrested for the burglary of a U.S. Cellular tower building along South 66th Road, where copper wiring had been cut and removed.  Wires had also been cut and stolen from outside the building and several feet up on the tower.  The initial loss estimate was $3,000.

A second U.S. Cellular tower near Endicott in Jefferson County had been burglarized in the same overnight period last August, with the loss estimated at $5,000.

A U.S. Cellular tower site west of Fairbury was also was burglarized.  Days later, Saline County law officers investigated two communication tower burglaries.

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