Trio Of Criminal Court Cases Heard In District Court

It was a quick morning for criminal cases on Thursday in Custer County District Court. The morning began with Blake Judd, 25, on a motion to terminate him from problem-solving court. Judd had already been removed from problem-solving court in other criminal cases and this case had been missed previously.

Judd was sentenced to 30 months – 4 years for burglary (Class IIA felony), 1-2 years for theft by receiving stolen property (Class IV felony), and 6 months for criminal mischief (Class I misdemeanor) all to be served concurrently with one another and currently with the other cases in Custer and Dawson counties. He was also given credit for 660 days already served.

Steven Massey, 36 of Broken Bow, could be sentenced back to jail after he violated conditions of his post-release supervision. Massey had been sentenced to prison in 2018 for terroristic threats (Class IIIA felony), criminal attempt (Class IIIA felony), and 3rd-degree domestic assault (Class I misdemeanor). All of the sentences for each charge were ordered to be served concurrently with the max sentence being two years. Following release, he was also to serve 18 months of post-release supervision.

According to the complaint filed by the Custer County Attorney’s Office, Massey failed to report to his probation officer, was no longer employed when ordered to be employed, failed to report for drug testing, and also tested positive for methamphetamine. During the hearing, Massey admitted to the violations and Judge Karin Noakes ordered a pre-sentence investigation to be conducted before sentencing on November 4 at 10 AM.

Luis Valdez, 24, appeared for a bond review after he was arrested on a bench warrant for failing to appear for a court date earlier this year. Valdez’s attorney, Michael Borders, asked his client be given a personal recognizance bond as he would be residing in Broken Bow and did not have the money for a high bond. Deputy County Attorney Kayla Haberstick, said she had no issue lowering the bond, but believed there should be some sort of bond due to him failing to appear last time. Judge Noakes ordered the bond be set at 10% of $5,000 and also set a progression conference on October 21 at 10 AM.