COLUMBUS — A Monroe man pleaded guilty in Platte County District Court to assaulting his live-in girlfriend in August and stealing a car in late 2016.

Eleazar Oceguera Jr., 37, entered his pleas to third-degree domestic assault of a pregnant woman, theft by unlawful taking $1,500 to $5,000 and resisting arrest.

Judge Robert Steinke set sentencing for Jan. 19. Oceguera has been held in the Platte County Detention Facility since his Aug. 17 arrest.

The assault charge is a Class 3A felony, punishable by up to three years in prison, 18 months of post-release supervision and a $10,000 fine. The theft charge is a Class IV felony that carries a maximum sentence of up to two years in prison.

In exchange for his pleas, the county attorney’s office dismissed a burglary charge stemming from an Aug. 12 residential break-in and a separate theft charge.

An investigation by the Platte County Sheriff’s Office and Columbus Police Department got underway Aug. 17 when Oceguera’s estranged girlfriend came forward with information about stolen property involving her boyfriend.

The woman alleged Oceguera assaulted her earlier that day as she was ready to leave him, Columbus Police Investigator Heath Haynes wrote in his probable cause arrest statement.

The woman reported Oceguera was upset the night of Aug. 11-12, wanted to break into a house and took her with him.

When the couple arrived at the 35th Avenue residence, the woman said Oceguera first broke out a basement window and, when he realized he couldn’t get in the window, he went around to the back of the residence and kicked in a door.

The woman said both she and Oceguera entered the home, the investigator wrote. Oceguera then showered, and they both carried stolen property out of the home, she reported.

A search of the couple’s Monroe home revealed several items reported stolen in the Columbus break-in, Haynes wrote.

The woman also reported being at their Monroe home on Nov. 11 when Oceguera arrived with a 1987 El Camino stolen from a construction site at the new Columbus High School, Haynes wrote. She said he later dropped off the vehicle north of Monroe near the Loup Public Power District powerhouse, according to the investigator.

During the search of the couple’s residence, items reportedly inside the stolen vehicle were found in the garage.



Jim Osborn is a news reporter at The Columbus Telegram.

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