Resisting, Obstruction Convictions Bring County Jail Term

BEATRICE – It’s a county jail sentence for a Beatrice man convicted of resisting arrest and obstructing a police officer.

35-year-old Nicholas Cox received the maximum one-year jail term on each count in Gage County District Court yesterday, though he will be allowed to serve the sentences at the same time.

Deputy Gage County Attorney Justin Huber argued against probation.

:18                  “he’s the victim”

Huber said Cox’s past record includes several arrests and convictions for violent crimes.  Defense attorney, Steven Mercure said the charge against his client was the result of a family dispute in the home.

:30                  “top of him”

Mercure said Cox, who was handcuffed, was not a threat to anyone at the time. Cox apologizes in court for his actions, saying “things just got out of hand”.

Gage County District Judge Rick Schreiner said Cox is the reason police went to the scene.

:54                  “being assaultive”

Cox had previously been on probation three times, completing two of those sentences successfully.  The judge noted the defendant’s criminal history goes back sixteen years, and includes traffic, drug, assault and violation of court orders.

Cox will receive 51 days credit off his jail term for time spent in custody.  The judge allowed the sentence to begin October 11th and said Cox could apply for work release from the jail.  The judge said it’s up to the county sheriff, whether or not to approve the application.

Cox could be eligible for release from jail, in about four-and-a-half months.

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