County Court Stays Busy On The First Monday Of October

CUSTER COUNTY— Custer County Court stayed busy on Monday, October 7 with a number of cases throughout the morning.

Cody Patterson, 27 of Dunning, made his first appearance facing charges of alleged intentional child abuse-not resulting in injury (class IIIA felony), aggravated driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol (class W misdemeanor), and a habitual criminal enhancement. Patterson will now appear for a preliminary hearing on November 18 at 2:30 PM. If found guilty of all charges, Patterson could face up to 63 years in prison.

Bradley Schmitz, 54 of Broken Bow, could face up to three years in prison if he is found guilty of 3rd offense aggravate DUI (class IIIA felony), refusal to submit to test (class W misdemeanor), and refusal to submit to pretest (class IV misdemeanor).

The public defender, Michael Borders, was appointed to represent Schmitz in the case. He will now appear for an entry of plea hearing on October 21 at 9 AM.

Nathan Vasquez, 18 of Kearney, appeared in county court facing charges of alleged assault by threatening another in a menacing manner (class I misdemeanor) and terroristic threats (class IIIA felony).

A three year prison sentence could be imposed if Vasquez is found guilty of the felony charge. Judge Tami Schendt appointed Christopher Wickham to represent Vasquez going forward, as he will now appear for a preliminary hearing on November 18 at 4 PM.

Kreig Youngwolfe, 37 of Inola, Oklahoma, made his first appearance in court as he is facing charges of two counts of alleged terroristic threats (each a class IIIA felony), obstructing a peace officer (class I misdemeanor), and aggravated DUI-2nd offense (class I misdemeanor). Youngwolfe will now appear for a status hearing on November 18 at 9 AM.

Youngwolfe informed the court that he was working on obtaining council. If found guilty of the felony charges, a maximum sentence of six years could be imposed.