Five Criminal Cases On Thursday’s District Court Date; Two Admitted To Drug Court

CUSTER COUNTY‚ÄĒ Arraignments were on the morning schedule for Custer County District Court on Thursday, February 21. There were five new additions to the court docket that saw two of the five accepted into drug court that took place afternoon.

Robyn Frawley, 29 of Broken Bow, was one of the two admitted into drug court after pleading guilty to possession of a controlled substance to wit methamphetamine (class IV felony).

According to the factual basis, read by County Attorney Steve Bowers, Frawley was found to be in possession of methamphetamine after a search warrant was executed by the Broken Bow Police Department. Sentencing for Frawley has now been deferred to the completion or failure of drug court.

Chelsea Brass, 26 of Cozad, has also been admitted into drug court following a plea agreement with the state. In the plea agreement, for a guilty plea to possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver (class II felony); three other charges would be dropped. Brass did plead guilty to the charge and Judge Noakes deferred the sentencing to the completion or failure of drug court.

Joshua Oels, 38 of Broken Bow, pled not guilty to three counts including possession of methamphetamine (a class IV felony), possession of marijuana less than 1 oz (an infraction), and possession of drug paraphernalia (an infraction). Following the not guilty pleas to the charges, Oels had his case set for jury trial to commence June 24 with a pre-trial conference to take place on May 23.

Acacia Lash, 31 of Broken Bow, is facing three separate felonies of Burglary (class III felony), theft by taking between $500-$1,500 (class IV felony), and 2nd degree forgery (class III felony). Lash could be facing 10 years maximum in prison if found guilty of all charges and also could have all sentences ordered to be served consecutive. Lash pled not guilty to all of the charges and had her cases set for trial on June 24.

Matthew Brakhage, 18 of Broken Bow, could be spending the next 53 years in prison and the remainder of his life on the sexual offenders registry if found guilty of multiple charges.

Brakhage is being accused of sexual assault-use of an electronic device (a class ID felony) as well as criminal child enticement, for the solicitation of a minor (a class IIIA felony). Brakhage pled not guilty to the charges and had his case set for trial on June 24 with a pre-trial conference to take place on May 23.