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Levi Barnes

Levi Barnes was sentenced to two years in prison for making terroristic threats.

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A 24-year-old man was sentenced to two years in prison in district court on Monday, after chasing his ex-girlfriend out of her house with a knife last year.

Levi Barnes, 24, pleaded guilty to a sole count of making terroristic threats, a Class IIIA felony that carried a possible maximum sentence of three years imprisonment with 18 months post-release supervision.

District Court Judge Geoffrey Hall agreed to go along with Barnes’ plea agreement with the Dodge County Attorney’s office, which recommended Barnes be sentenced to two years in prison with 18 months post-release supervision in exchange for a guilty plea.

Barnes was arrested on Oct. 17, 2017 after officers from the Fremont Police Department responded to a trespassing at a Fremont residence. The victim of the trespassing—Barnes’ ex-girlfriend—claimed that Barnes had been harassing her.

“She indicated that before the police arrived, the defendant had been at the house and walked through the front door without being invited,” Dodge County Attorney Oliver Glass told the court.

Barnes then grabbed a knife from the kitchen and proceeded to chase the victim out of the house, Glass said. He continued to do so, “threatening her violently with the intent to terrorize her,” even as she held baby, Glass added.

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Barnes will be credited with 271 days worth of time served.

In other district court news on Monday:

  • Drew Lerette, 23, pleaded guilty to a charge of intent to deliver a controlled substance—a Class IIIA felony. The charges stem from an incident in November 2016, when Lerette sold suboxone to a confidential informant.
  • Thomas Becker, 29, pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing OxyContin, a Class IV felony, as well as a Class I misdemeanor count of obstructing a peace officer, a Class I misdemeanor. As stipulated in his plea agreement, Becker will be serving a nine-month sentence with nine months of post-release supervision and credit for time served. Officers pulled Becker over in his vehicle in December 2017 after noticing the vehicle had fictitious plates. After the traffic stop, Becker ran from police, but was ultimately caught. Upon arrest, officers found Becker was in possession of a pill, identified as OxyContin.
  • Angela Galloway pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Galloway was in possession of methamphetamine—a Class II felony. Galloway arranged for a sale of methamphetamine between individuals, including a confidential informant, back in January. Her sentencing will take place on April 23, 2018.
  • Garret Gustafson, 20, pleaded guilty to the delivery of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.The first charge came after Gustafson sold marijuana to a confidential informant in November 2017 and the second charge came after additional marijuana was found in Gustafson’s residence after he was arrested in January for outstanding warrants related to the November incident. His sentencing is set for April 23.
  • Devin Zurcher was sentenced to a year in prison for marijuana-related charges. The sentence was based on his criminal history, which included an assault and a charge for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Additionally, Zurcher did not attend a scheduled interview with a probation officer prior to the sentencing and did not provide a drug eval. Zurcher’s attorney claimed that inclement weather prevented Zurcher’s attendance, but Hall still laid down prison time. “I was prepared to give you probation because you’re young and stupid,” Hall said. “I’m not going to give you probation. You haven’t shown any desire for it. I hope this is the wake-up call you need.”

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