BEATRICE – A Beatrice man is going to prison after being convicted of possession of methamphetamine and carrying a concealed weapon, iron knuckles.
The sentences of two-years on the drug charge and one-year on the weapons count were contained in two criminal cases against John Schriner. He pleaded no contest in Gage County District Court Thursday, opting for sentencing on the same day.
Five other charges against him were dismissed as part of a plea agreement. The Gage County Attorney’s office agreed not to file a felony charge of failure to appear.
Schriner’s attorney, Dustin Garrison says the hope is that Schriner can get treatment for a drug addiction while in prison.
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Both sides agreed to the maximum level of incarceration under the charges. The convictions were the result of a Beatrice Police traffic stop in June of 2015…and a felony warrant arrest this past September.
The prison terms were ordered by Judge Daniel Bryan Jr. to be served concurrently. Schriner also faces 12 months of post-release supervision.
In a separate case….
A Gage county man pleaded no contest to charges of methamphetamine possession and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, avoiding an allegation of being a habitual criminal in the process.
Wayne Saul Jr. entered the pleas in Gage County District Court before Judge Daniel Bryan Jr. The DUI conviction was ruled to be his third such offense.
Defense attorney Jeff Gaertig sought a lowering of Saul’s $20,000 appearance bond, despite avoiding the habitual criminal tag and a bench warrant for failure to appear.
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Deputy Gage County Attorney Callyn Schuck, in opposing a bond reduction, gave her version of Saul’s hearing on September 29th.
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Judge Bryan released Saul on a personal recognizance bond, scheduling sentencing for January 5th. Bryan noted that if Saul doesn’t appear for sentencing, the prosecution could file a failure to appear count and reinstate the habitual criminal allegation.
Saul was arrested and charged following a traffic stop by a Gage County Sheriff’s Deputy, last March 9th.