COLUMBUS — A Platte County Court judge made it clear Wednesday he was suspicious of a 38-year-old former Columbus man’s excuses for failing to show up for meetings ordered following an altercation with his then-wife in the parking lot of a local motel.

Judge Frank Skorupa wanted to know why Scott Plummer failed to complete a 90-day treatment program or show up for a presentence investigation meeting with probation officials leading up to his sentencing Wednesday for convictions of stalking and third-degree domestic assault in the Jan. 26 incident.

Plummer, who now lives in Omaha, said he completed a shorter treatment program and cited work obligations for his no-show for the PSI meeting. The judge said two victim's statements contained in the presentence report differed with the defendant’s account.

“I don’t believe you,” a stern Skorupa told Plummer before sentencing him to one year in jail for stalking and 90 days for domestic assault. The judge ordered the sentences to run consecutively and gave Plummer credit for 18 days already served.

Plummer pleaded no contest to the charges Nov. 15 in exchange for attempt of a Class 2A felony, false imprisonment and terroristic threats charges being dismissed by the prosecution.

The charges stemmed from a late-morning parking lot clash that drew seven police officers to the scene.

Columbus Police said the couple had been fighting earlier in the day at their home and Plummer decided to leave and get a room at the motel along 23rd Street.

His wife later joined him at the motel to discuss their disagreement and, when she wanted to leave, Plummer blocked the motel doorway, Officer Alysson Norris wrote in her probable cause arrest statement.

Norris wrote that Plummer reported he and his wife had been having marital problems for a couple of months and were “basically” separated.

The dispute spilled into the motel parking lot, with the wife getting into her car and Plummer waving around a BB pistol and banging on the vehicle's window, Norris wrote. Plummer then jumped in his car, rammed into his wife’s vehicle, and left the parking lot, the officer wrote.

Plummer was arrested a short time later during a traffic stop.



Jim Osborn is a news reporter at The Columbus Telegram.

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