Custer County Court Hears Four Felony Cases Ranging From Assault To Forgery

CUSTER COUNTY—While the Custer County Court docket was full on Monday, July 1 there were only four felony cases that were not continued.

Cooper Brass, 20 of Broken Bow, was arraigned on two alleged charges of 1st degree assault resulting in serious bodily injury (class II felony) and terroristic threats (class IIIA felony). If convicted of all charges, Brass could be facing up to 53 years behind bars. Brass asked for court appointed council which was granted by Judge Tami Schendt. Christopher Wickham will now represent Brass when he appears for preliminary hearing on August 5 at 2:30 PM.

Otto Schneidereit, 44 of Anselmo, is facing charges following an accident from April 13. According to the accident report, Schneidereit was driving his 2001 Ford F-250 east on Eureka Valley Road when the vehicle approached a left hand curve. Schneidereit, told police that he was approaching the curve too fast and attempted to slow down and correct, but did not have time.

The pickup left the roadway and began to roll before colliding with the ditch and resting on the right side and roof. The two passengers of the pickup were taken by a third party to Jennie M. Melham Memorial Medical Center with possible injuries. Schneidereit was also taken to Melham Medical Center by Merna EMS. During the investigation of the crash, Schneidereit was found to have a BAC of .11.

During County Court on Monday, Schneidereit was read the complaint where he is accused of DUI (class W misdemeanor) and leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in serious bodily injury (class IIIA felony). Schneidereit elected to hire his own attorney and the case was set for preliminary hearing/progression conference on August 5 at 9 AM.

Stanley Slangal, 69 of Sargent, made his first appearance for charges of accused of 2nd degree forgery (class IIA felony) with the value being over $5,000. Slangal waived his right to an attorney and will now represent himself for his preliminary hearing on August 19 at 3:30 PM.

Brice Carpenter, 24 of Anselmo, is facing charges of alleged burglary (class IIA felony) and terroristic threats (class IIIA felony). Carpenter did request a court appointed attorney and Judge Schendt assigned Michael Borders to the case. Carpenter will now appear on July 22 at 3:30 for his preliminary hearing. A bond review was also asked for, but due to the nature of the crime, his past criminal history, as well as having a failure to appear on his record, the bond remained the same at 10% of $50,000.