Judge Cites Defendant’s Progress, in Not Ordering Probation

BEATRICE – A Lincoln man will not spend additional time in custody, after a district judge noted the progress he has made following misdemeanor convictions for assault and carrying a concealed weapon.

39-year-old Tyron Williams was sentenced in Gage County District Court to five days already served for 3rd degree assault and fined a total of $300 on that charge and the weapon count.

Defense attorney Jeff Gaertig described the pre-sentence investigation report as probably one of the most favorable he’s seen, for a defendant.

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Gaertig says Williams, a father and grandfather, wasn’t the only one who should share blame for the incident that resulted in the charges…and said there was a possible self-defense claim had the case gone to trial.

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Gaertig said there was no past criminal record.  He said Williams is a former correctional officer in the states of Kentucky and South Dakota, and now lives in Lincoln, working two jobs.

Williams told the judge the incident was a learning experience, for him.  He said he was deeply wrong for his role.

Judge Julie Smith, considering a joint recommendation for probation, went another route.

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Williams initially faced two felonies, accused of pointing a handgun at another man.

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