Man Who Claimed Osage Pastor’s House Gets Probation

NEBRASKA CITY – A man who trespassed at a pastor’s house near Cook last fall and kicked officers who tried to get him off of the couch was sentenced Tuesday to two years probation.

Jason Wellsandt, 38, was arrested at the parsonage on the campus of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ on R Road after telling deputies it was his house and he was taking it back.
At sentencing, Public Defender Michael Ziskey said Wellsandt was just looking for a place to stay the night.

District Judge Michael Smith said there are issues involved that will be best addressed through probation rather than corrections. Wellsandt has already served 63 days in county jail.

Deputy Otoe County Attorney John Palmtag asked the judge to include a $500 fine in the sentence, but the judge said he would not impose a fine due to Wellsandt’s ability to pay.
Wellsandt is receiving Social Security benefits for a mental illness disability.

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