Sex Offender Violation Brings Probation Sentence

BEATRICE – A judge had ordered a two-year term of probation for a defendant convicted of attempting to violate Nebraska’s Sex Offender Registry Act.

30-year-old Jared Eppens pleaded guilty to the charge, last month.  His attorney says Eppens was recently married, takes care of two other family members and was recently hired at a local restaurant where relatives are employed.

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Gage County District Judge Rick Schreiner ordered Eppens to pay court costs of $148 by mid-June, along with probation program fees.  A 2011 Colorado conviction was the underlying incident which landed Eppens on the Nebraska sex offender registry.

In a separate case Wednesday, Jason Koller was sentenced to 90 days in Gage County Jail, on a conviction of attempted possession of methamphetamine.   He was given credit for 88 days already served.  Koller was ordered to pay restitution totaling $329 and $825 in costs.

Koller was extradited to Nebraska from Oklahoma, after a warrant had been issued for his arrest.  He had one felony crime on his record from about twenty years ago, for which he served a prison sentence.

In a third case, A 25-year-old Beatrice man has reached a plea agreement and will be sentenced May 2nd, on two misdemeanor convictions.

Michael May entered no contest pleas to charges of 1st-degree trespass and theft.  Gage County Attorney Roger Harris says the original charges filed in the case stemmed from a break-in reported by an occupant of a camper, at a north Beatrice trailer park, last August 8th.

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Judge Schreiner ordered restitution, and the amount of $180 has already been paid to the victim.  May and one other person were involved in the crime.  May had entered the camper and allowed the accomplice in, through the door of the camper.

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