A Columbus man convicted of domestic assault had his offense enhanced prior to being sentenced on Friday in Platte County District Court.
Alejandro J. Valadez, 30, originally faced a charge of third-degree domestic assault. However, because the court proved that the defendant has previously been convicted of the same offense, the enhancement applied and the Class I misdemeanor was elevated to a Class IIIA felony.
The Class I misdemeanor offense would have carried a maximum sentence of a year in jail, however, the IIIA felony carries a maximum of three years imprisonment.
Judge Robert Steinke after the enhancement hearing sentenced the defendant to spend the next 18 month in the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services. Valadez was credited with 92 days served in Platte County Jail and under the Good Time Law of Nebraska, could be eligible for release in about nine months. Following his sentence, the defendant will undergo a year of post-release supervision.
In late December 2018, an officer with the Columbus Police Department was dispatched about 12:30 p.m. to an apartment complex located in the 1300 block of 27th Avenue in regard to a domestic assault complaint.
The victim told police that she was in an argument with her boyfriend, the defendant, a day earlier (Dec. 26), according to a warrantless arrest affidavit. Valadez, the victim reported, became agitated with her after her mother left the residence. The defendant had been drinking and a fight occurred.
Court records show that Valadez struck the victim in her right eye, grabbed her throat and caused scratching and abrasions on her knees and upper back as a result of the assault.
In addition, court records show that following the assault, the defendant attempted to take off the victim’s clothes and video record her before she was able to grab clothes and escape from the residence and phone for help.
Valadez was subsequently arrested and jailed on Dec. 27.
In other district court news:
*Connor R. Krivanek was sentenced to 180 days in jail on amended charges of attempting to possess money to facilitate a violation of state statute, a Class I misdemeanor; and attempting to tamper with a witness, also a Class I misdemeanor. Krivanek was credited with 14 days served in Platte County Jail.
*Ruben D. Villanueva was sentenced to 12 months of probation after being found guilty of attempting to possess money to facilitate a violation of state statute. The defendant is also being required to pay $125 in restitution as part of his sentencing, court records show.
*Two bench warrants were issued for Joshua E. Ertzner in the amount of $250 and $350 after he failed to show up in court Friday for two separate cases.
*A bench warrant was issued for William S. Jarecki in the amount of $250 after he failed to show up to court Friday.
*A $1,000 bench warrant was issued for Kyle C. Timm on Friday after he failed to show up for his scheduled court appearance.
Sam Pimper is the news editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.