Gage County Man Gets Probation, in Domestic Assault Conviction

BEATRICE – The prosecutor asked for incarceration, but a man convicted of felony domestic assault will be placed on probation.   35-year-old Michael Hockman was sentenced in Gage County District Court to a three-year term of intensively supervised probation, by Judge Vicky Johnson.

Deputy Gage County Attorney Justin Huber said the pre-sentence report showed Hockman to be a high risk for domestic violence.

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Hockman’s lawyer, Steven Mercure, said his client has addressed an issue of alcohol and drugs, which he says has been a significant factor in his life and criminal history.  Mercure said Hockman has completed inpatient treatment, is at a halfway house and is working.

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Mercure said the defendant’s children is a motivating factor for him to change his life.

Judge Johnson noted that Hockman’s past criminal record includes twenty misdemeanors, three felonies and nine infractions.  State probation made no specific recommendation on sentencing.  The judge said Hockman was under the influence when the assault occurred, and the victim suffered serious and permanent injury.

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In June of last year, Gage County Deputies were sent to a Barneston home on a report of a domestic assault.

Deputies say the victim reported being physically assaulted, slapped, and locked in a closet by Hockman.  She managed to briefly escape, but said Hockman threw her onto the floor, where she received cuts to her back when she landed on some broken glass.  Children were present during the incident.  The victim was finally able to get one of her children to go to a neighbor’s house, to call the sheriff’s office.

A sheriff’s deputy later spotted Hockman’s vehicle and he was taken into custody at a house in Blue Springs.

As part of the I-S-P, Hockman is barred from using or possessing alcohol, drugs and firearms, will undergo domestic violence treatment and other counseling, will pay court costs of $150 and write a letter of apology to the victim, through the state probation office.

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