Cass County Courthouse

PLATTSMOUTH – A former Plattsmouth resident who failed to appear at a sentencing hearing in 1998 was given a monetary fine in district court Monday morning.

Mario M. DaSilva, 44, took part in a new sentencing hearing in Cass County District Court for a 19-year-old charge. DaSilva had pled guilty to a Class IV felony count of criminal attempt of burglary on May 5, 1998. The court issued a bench warrant for DaSilva in June 1998 after he missed his sentencing hearing.

DaSilva moved to Canada shortly after he accepted his plea and has remained there for nearly two decades. The court agreed earlier this fall to suspend the warrant to allow DaSilva to return freely to Cass County to settle the court matter. The state made the recommendation to the court after consulting with both DaSilva and defense attorney Julie Bear.

Bear told the court Monday that DaSilva had maintained a clean criminal record throughout his time in Canada. She said he had also remained sober. Bear said the state and defense both recommended a $1,000 fine as part of their new plea bargain. DaSilva also apologized to the court for his actions during the hearing.

Judge Michael Smith told DaSilva that he appreciated hearing the apology. He also noted DaSilva had voluntarily taken the time to return to Cass County from Canada. Smith followed the plea deal’s recommendation and ordered DaSilva to pay a $1,000 fine. DaSilva will also be required to pay all court costs associated with the case.

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