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A former car salesman pleaded no contest March 14 to theft for stealing from his old employer, Bob Spady Motors.Dale Bringewatt, 51, was arrested in November 2010 after an investigation by the Nebraska State Patrol. Lt. Lynn Williams of the patrol declined back then to describe the investigation that led to the charges against Bringewatt, but court records indicate that prosecutors believe he was stealing from Spady Motors for a period of 10 months.
Bringewatt was the auto sales manager of the dealership at the time of the crime. He accepted a plea deal from prosecutors that dropped the charge from a class three felony to a class four.
Bringewatt faces up to five years in prison when sentenced May 9.
In other Monday court news:
• Jerry Houchin was sentenced to 1.5-3 years in prison for felony driving under suspension. He was also sentenced to one year for third-offense drunken driving, but Judge Donald Rowlands will allow Houchin to serve the sentences concurrently.
Houchin plea bargained his drunken driving offense down to third-offense, but Rowlands noted that it is actually his sixth. Rowlands cited Houchin’s lengthy record, including the DUIs, driving under suspension convictions, writing bad checks, and other crimes when handing down the prison sentence. Houchin was previously sentenced to prison in 2007, also for drunken driving.
Houchin, his attorney, and his employer asked for a county jail sentence so Houchin could participate in a work-release program. While that was a no go, Rowlands did grant Houchin credit for 43 days served.
• Dustin Hale pleaded not guilty to first-degree sexual assault. Hale is a juvenile but is being charged as an adult.
Hale was arrested while in Lincoln County Court on another matter. The circumstances of the charge are being withheld by authorities, and his attorney, Amanda Speichert, told the court she intended to file a motion to move the case to juvenile court.
He is scheduled for trial in district court on May 15, and faces up to 50 years in prison.
• San Suhr pleaded guilty to felony shoplifting. Suhr has a history of shoplifting convictions and faces up to five year sin prison when sentenced April 4.
• Robert Woodward pleaded not guilty to felony domestic assault and misdemeanor obstruction of a police officer.
Woodward’s attorney told the court his client is awaiting a bed in a treatment facility. He also noted Woodward has another matter pending in county court. Judge Donald Rowlands scheduled a hearing fro April 11.