PLATTSMOUTH – A Plattsmouth man who was involved in a four-hour standoff with authorities in January will be allowed to file a reduced bond in his case.
Michael S. Nordmeyer, 28, appeared in Cass County District Court Monday morning for a bond review hearing. Nordmeyer pled guilty earlier this month to three criminal charges as part of a plea bargain. He entered pleas to one Class IIIA felony of terroristic threats, one Class III felony charge of possession of deadly weapon while committing a felony and one Class I misdemeanor of domestic assault-intimate partner.
The state and defense both agreed to recommend five years of probation for Nordmeyer at the time of sentencing. He is scheduled to appear in court for sentencing May 14.
Plattsmouth police officers and South Metro Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team members responded to a Plattsmouth address Jan. 13 after they learned Nordmeyer was threatening to harm his children. Nordmeyer and a woman at the residence had been involved in a physical domestic disturbance shortly after 12 p.m. The woman was able to escape but the children remained in the structure.
Police officers tried to make contact with Nordmeyer at the door of the residence but he did not answer. A four-hour standoff took place before SWAT Team members gained access through the front door. They arrested Nordmeyer without further incident. None of the children involved were harmed.
Nordmeyer had been lodged in Cass County Jail on a $250,000, 10 percent bond. Defense attorney Julie Bear asked the court Monday to reduce his bond to $5,000, 10 percent. She said Nordmeyer was not a flight risk and would like to begin counseling and other treatment programs.
“I know he is anxious to get home to his family,” Bear said.
Deputy County Attorney Steven Sunde said he was concerned about Nordmeyer’s potential behavior if his bond was reduced. Sunde submitted a letter from Cass County Jail employees that stated Nordmeyer had made several outbursts toward female jailers while incarcerated.
“To release him without the constraints of probation seems to me would be unwise at this point,” Sunde said.
Judge Michael Smith vetoed the defense’s request to allow Nordmeyer to stay with his family in Plattsmouth before May 14. Smith said the court would reduce Nordmeyer’s bond to $5,000, 10 percent, and would allow him to stay with a relative in Omaha.
Nordmeyer’s bond will include all terms of a pre-trial release program. He will be required to wear a GPS monitoring device. Smith said that would help authorities determine if Nordmeyer had visited his Plattsmouth residence prior to sentencing.