Cass County Courthouse

PLATTSMOUTH – An Omaha man will serve time in prison for driving in Plattsmouth with a loaded handgun and burglar’s tools.

Vincent J. Cerny, 40, appeared in Cass County District Court Monday morning for plea and sentencing hearings. Cerny pled guilty to one Class IV felony charge of possession of burglar’s tools and one Class I misdemeanor charge of carry concealed weapon-first offense.

The state agreed to dismiss six other charges in exchange for the guilty pleas. Those charges included one Class II felony, two Class II misdemeanors, two Class III misdemeanors and one Class V misdemeanor.

Deputy County Attorney Colin Palm told the court Cass County Sheriff’s Office deputies saw Cerny driving near the intersection of Highways 75 and 66 in Plattsmouth on Aug. 19. The deputies pulled him over at 9:20 a.m. after they realized his license plates were not on file in the Nebraska Department of Transportation’s system.

Palm said Cerny told the deputies he did not have a valid driver’s license. They arrested him and then asked if he had been carrying any weapons. Cerny indicated to them that there was a gun in the vehicle. Palm said the deputies found a loaded nine-millimeter Smith & Wesson handgun in a concealed section of the car.

Palm said deputies found several other items during their search. They located a stolen Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office badge and a series of bolt cutters, pry bars and portable cutting tools.

Cerny had been driving in Plattsmouth approximately one month before he was scheduled to be sentenced on a separate case. Judge Michael Smith sentenced him to one year in the Nebraska Department of Corrections on Sept. 25 for a possession of methamphetamine charge and a carry concealed weapon offense. Both of the previous offenses took place in Cass County on Feb. 7.

Both Palm and defense attorney Julie Bear asked the court to issue a sentence of one year in state prison on the two newest charges. Smith followed their recommendations and ordered Cerny to spend one year in the Nebraska Department of Corrections. He said Cerny would serve both Monday’s sentence and the Sept. 25 sentence on a concurrent basis. Cerny will receive credit for 87 days he has already been incarcerated.

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