A Bellwood man who was sentenced to a year of probation in 2017 after being found guilty of a felony offense has been unable to uphold the terms laid forth by Judge Robert Steinke.

Tylor J. Cemper, 25, in May 2018 was sentenced to spend 300 days in Platte County Jail and serve nine months of post-release supervision after the judge determined that Cemper breached five terms of the probationary agreement stemming from his conviction of aiding the consummation of a felony, a Class IV felony.

Months later in February, Deputy Platte County Attorney Jose Rodriguez moved to revoke Cemper’s post-release supervision citing that he violated two components stated within the post-release supervision documentation. The defendant on Monday, alongside Platte County Public Defender Tim Matas, admitted to violating more than one of the conditions relating to his post-release supervision and now is scheduled for sentencing at a later date.

Cemper was originally sentenced in September 2017 on the Class IV felony, for which he could have initially been sentenced to two years in prison and a year of post-release supervision. With a lack of a substantial prior criminal record, the court opted for a probationary sentence in contrast to sending Cemper to prison, according to court records.

An investigation into the defendant started in November 2016 after an investigator with the Columbus Police Department was informed by a confidential informant (CI) that the defendant had offered to assist the informant with purchasing methamphetamine, according to a warrantless arrest affidavit.

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Court records show that Cemper advised the CI and he needed a ride from Bellwood to Columbus where they would meet a third party near Tweet’s Sports Shop. The informant picked up Cemper at a convenience store located on the south edge of Bellwood and the duo proceeded to Columbus where they arrived in the vicinity of the downtown business shortly after 5:30 p.m., court records show.

Visual contact was kept by law enforcement as Cemper approached another car in the area and had contact with somebody within the vehicle through an open passenger-side window. The CI and defendant then proceeded back to the CI’s vehicle.

The investigator was informed that the informant received a baggie containing a crystal substance which subsequently tested positive as being .7 grams of methamphetamine. Cemper was originally charged with distributing a controlled substance, a Class II felony, punishable by up to 50 years in prison.

Prior to the confidential informant meeting with Cemper, he or she had his or her person and vehicle searched for contraband by law enforcement, court records show.

Sam Pimper is the news editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sam.pimper@lee.net.

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Sam Pimper is the news editor of The Columbus Telegram, Schuyler Sun and The Banner-Press newspapers. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2015.

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