Broken Bow Mayor Pleads Not Guilty To Alleged Charges From April 6 Incident

CUSTER COUNTY— Court proceedings have officially begun in the misdemeanor charges filed against Broken Bow Mayor Jonathon Berghorst.

Berghorst, 30 of Broken Bow, is facing charges of accused 3rd degree assault (a class I misdemeanor) and oppression under color of office (a class II misdemeanor) which were filed by the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office on July 8.

Berghorst appeared in Custer County Court on Monday, August 5 alongside his attorney Christopher Wickham. The State of Nebraska Attorney General’s Office was represented by Zackary Blackmon.

Court documents show that on April 6, 2019 Berghorst allegedly caused bodily injury to Riley Royle.

Later that day, Berghorst allegedly threatened Broken Bow Police Officer David Taylor’s job for investigating the incident.

Berghorst pled not guilty to both charges and Judge Tami Schendt set the case for pre-trial/progression conference on September 9 at 1:30 PM.