BEATRICE – A Beatrice man who initially faced a rape charge, was sent to prison Wednesday on lesser counts.
23-year-old Trevor Watson was sentenced to two years in prison for felony drug possession and misdemeanor domestic assault….convictions that were the result of a plea agreement.
Defense lawyer Dustin Garrison challenged whether Watson had committed a crime that should have led to the initial sexual assault allegation or the domestic assault. He also criticized the the Beatrice Police investigation that was conducted.
"When you're offered a deal like this, you can't roll the dice, because we don't always get the jury we want, in this county. You understand what we're faced with, sometimes in this county with juries. We're not always given a fair and impartial jury in this county. And, so we had to make a decision to take a misdemeanor, or risk a felony....so we made the choice that we made."
Gage County District Judge Rick Schreiner, after telling the defense attorney that perhaps he should have taken the matter to trial…then addressed the defendant. "Your attorney has made a valiant effort at blaming the victim in this matter and Gage County jurors and citizens. Here's what the record says... you're 23 years old, you first entered the system in 2010, apparently at the age of eleven."
The judge said Watson’s criminal record includes multiple chances at probation, that were either unsatisfactory in completion, or revoked.
"You've had so many chances at probation and we spent years throwing state money at you in the juvenile court to try to fix these problems, so we wouldn't get here....and you ignored and wasted every penny of it."
At the time of Wednesday’s sentence, Watson has been serving a prison term at the Omaha Correctional Center for methamphetamine possession. His projected release date was September 9th.
In addition to the two-year prison term issued Wednesday….consecutive to his current prison sentence…. Watson was ordered to serve a one-year period of post-release supervision. He received credit for time spent in custody.
Watson was arrested by Beatrice Police in May of 2020, after authorities investigated as reported sexual assault.