BEATRICE – A man serving a prison term from Lancaster County, Monday was sentenced to a concurrent prison term for a Gage County conviction.
33-year-old Brandon Kopf was ordered to serve a two-year prison sentence after being convicted in Gage County, of possessing methamphetamine. Kopf recently was ordered to serve a five-to-ten-year prison sentence on a Lancaster County conviction for attempted possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.
Kopf spoke to District Judge Julie Smith in Gage County District Court just prior to learning his new sentence.
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Judge Smith noted Kopf had failed to report to state probation to complete a pre-sentence investigation. Kopf also carried a felony conviction from 2003 in Gage County, where a probation term had been revoked. Smith followed a plea agreement recommendation from both the state and defense, in announcing the concurrent sentence of two years.
Kopf receives credit off the Gage County sentence for 26 days spent in jail. He was ordered to pay court costs. The Lancaster County Attorney’s office has filed a lien in relation to the case, for unpaid child support.
The Gage County case stemmed from an April 2016 traffic stop in east Beatrice, of a car with expired plates. Kopf was arrested after police found he had active warrants for his arrest and found evidence of illegal drugs.