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Dodge County District Court

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A man pleaded no contest and was sentenced eight to 20 years in state prison on Monday for selling methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a playground.

Nathan Peterson, 39, received the sentence as part of a plea agreement with the Dodge County Attorney’s office. Peterson’s sole count of delivery of a controlled substance—methamphetamine—within one thousand feet of a playground, is a Class ID felony that can carry a maximum sentence of 50 years imprisonment.

Peterson was arrested on May 7, 2017, after selling $60 worth of methamphetamine to a confidential informant within 1,000 feet of John C. Fremont City Park. The substance field tested positive for methamphetamine and both parties stipulated that the substance was, in fact, methamphetamine.

“I’d just like to take responsibility and apologize to the state and my family,” Peterson told the court.

In other district court news on Monday:

*Jacob Tuttle did not show up to court for the second week in a row and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest. Tuttle has a written not-guilty plea entered into the court for his original charges. His lawyer said that he had been unsuccessfully trying to reach Tuttle, but had “no explanation” for why his client was absent.

*Joshua Cheval, 19, pleaded guilty to one charge of theft by unlawful taking after stealing a vehicle worth about $1700. As part of a plea deal, the state will not oppose to a term of probation, and Cheval has agreed to pay restitution if its demanded. He will come up for sentencing on June 4, 2018.

*Thomas Braesch, 65, pleaded guilty to manufacturing marijuana, as part of a plea agreement that would dismiss other charges. Braesch was arrested during a Feb. 18 incident where police discovered 38 marijuana plants in addition to guns inside Braesch’s house while responding to a domestic dispute. The charge of manufacturing a controlled substance amounts to a Class IIA felony, which could yield zero to 20 years of imprisonment. A pre-sentence investigation was ordered and sentencing was set for May 30. Braesch’s bond was lowered from $75,000 at 10 percent to $10,000 at 10 percent due to Braesch’s medical issues.

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*District Court Judge Geoffrey Hall denied a request by Gerald Albers to reduce his bond in a domestic assault case. Albers’ defense attorney argued that he had health concerns, but Dodge County Attorney Oliver Glass pointed out that Albers had 17 prior arrests and several failures to appear in court.

*Wayne Galloway, 29, pleaded guilty to a charge stemming from a January incident, where he was caught selling methamphetamine. His sentencing is set for June 4, but he is expected to apply to drug court.

*Claudia Wolf-Schiermann, 21, pleaded guilty to a drug charge stemming from the sale of cocaine. She will be applying to drug court.

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