COLUMBUS — A 39-year-old Wayne man pleaded no contest to threatening and stalking a former Columbus girlfriend during a series of protection order violations over a two-week period in August.

Brian Dieter entered his pleas in Platte County District Court to making terroristic threats and stalking in connection with the incidents Aug. 6, Aug. 11 and Aug. 15.

Dieter and the city woman were previously involved in a relationship and have a child in common.

Judge Robert Steinke ordered a presentence investigation and scheduled Dieter for sentencing Jan. 19.

The convictions are both Class IIIA felonies, each punishable by up to three years imprisonment, 18 months of post-release supervision and a $10,000 fine. In exchange for Dieter’s pleas, three protection order violations and a habitual criminal charge were dismissed by the county attorney’s office.

Earlier, the judge revoked Dieter’s 2015 sentence of three years of probation for two first-degree forgery convictions. The judge will resentence the defendant on those charges in January.

Dieter was previously convicted of making terroristic threats and sentenced to prison in Madison County in 2001 and 2013.

A Columbus Police investigation of the recent incidents got underway Aug. 6 with a report of a protection order violation involving multiple phone calls and text messages sent to the city woman.

The woman reported Dieter came to her apartment three times the night of Aug. 10-11 and attempted to enter the residence through a sliding glass door, Officer Terry Heesacker wrote in his probable cause arrest statement.

She reported that she received text messages from Dieter all night, beginning about 11 p.m. and ending around 5:30 a.m., the officer wrote.

“Some of the text messages (the woman) had received from Dieter indicated that he didn’t care about going to jail ... and another indicated that he will bring a hammer and break the back glass when he gets there again,” Heesacker wrote.



Jim Osborn is a news reporter at The Columbus Telegram.

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