A Fremont man pleaded guilty in Dodge County District Court on Monday to third-degree domestic assault as a second offense, a class IIIA felony.
Adam S. Frey, 35, made the plea in an agreement with the Dodge County Attorney’s office.
Frey is currently in the midst of pursuing inpatient treatment to address underlying issues. If he is accepted into a program, his defense attorney Kenny Jacobs indicated that he would seek a furlough for treatment. District Court Judge Geoffrey Hall indicated that he would sign off on furlough.
As part of the agreement, Dodge County Deputy Attorney Emily Beamis said that, if Frey were to successfully complete an inpatient treatment program, the state would not oppose a 30-month term of intensive supervised probation.
Hall ordered a pre-sentencing investigation and sentencing was set for April 1.
Frey was arrested on Nov. 22, 2018, after deputies with the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of a physical domestic disturbance in Fremont, according to a police affidavit.
According to the affidavit, a verbal altercation with another party turned violent when Frey threw the individual down to the ground and punched them in the face. The Fremont Tribune generally does not identify victims of domestic assault.
The affidavit notes that Frey also, at one point, allegedly put his hand over the victim’s mouth and threatened to kill them before ultimately letting them go.
He was initially charged with an additional count of terroristic threats, a class IIIA felony, and two misdemeanors, but those were dropped as part of the plea agreement.
On its own, under Nebraska law, third-degree domestic assault is a class I misdemeanor but was elevated to a class IIIA felony because it was the second time that Frey had been convicted on the charge. Class IIIA felonies are punishable by zero to three years in prison under Nebraska law.
In other district court news from Monday:
- Two were sentenced in separate cases for driving under the influence. Mark W. Poole, 54, received a sentence of 30 months intensive supervised probation but must serve a 60-day jail sentence as well. Hall revoked Poole’s driving privileges for eight years. Poole pleaded no contest to driving under the influence for the third time back in November. Travis S. Renken, 49, meanwhile, was sentenced to 90 days in jail and 30 months of intensive supervised probation on a charge of driving under the influence as a fourth offense. Renken will also face a 15-year driving revocation. He pleaded to the charge back in November, and the state was seeking an 18-month prison sentence in the case.
- Andrew R. Christensen, 30, admitted to violating the terms of his probation and also pleaded guilty to three charges in a separate case. Those charges included shoplifting, obstructing a peace officer and disorderly conduct. His probation was extended to one year as part of a joint agreement with the Dodge County Attorney’s office. Christensen had previously been placed on an 18-month term of probation in January of 2018, after he pleaded no contest to a charge of terroristic threats and third-degree domestic assault.