BEATRICE – Convictions in two criminal cases have resulted in a three-year Gage County probation sentence, for a 26-year-old man.
Zachary Bond was convicted of possession of methamphetamine and THC, operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Bond’s attorney, Jeff Gaertig said Bond’s problems stem from a substance abuse problem.
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District Judge Rick Schreiner was familiar with the defendant, having served as his defense lawyer in Johnson County several years ago, before becoming a prosecutor, then district judge. The defense waived any conflict for the Wednesday sentencing.
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Schreiner said he was willing to give Bond a chance on probation but said if he is truly sick and tired of his situation, he must make the decision to stay sober.
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The probation sentence Bond received includes payment of court costs in both cases, a one-year license revocation and specialized substance abuse supervision.