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A man currently serving a jail sentence in the Platte County Detention Facility after being found guilty of a Class II felony is being moved to the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services to serve an extended prison term after being sentenced for an unrelated crime Friday in Platte County District Court.

Joshua J. Knight, 27, of Columbus, was sentenced by Judge Robert Steinke to spend the next 12-18 months in prison after he was found guilty of being in possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, a Class IV felony.

On Sept. 10, Investigator Jeremy Zywiec of the Columbus Police Department observed the defendant, whom according to an arrest affidavit the investigator knew from previous police interactions, in a parking lot at 220 23rd St. in Columbus.

It was believed that the defendant had an outstanding arrest warrant, which was subsequently confirmed by Columbus Police Dispatch.

According to the affidavit, the defendant was seen getting into the front passenger seat followed by the vehicle traveling westbound down 23rd Street. Visual contact was kept by the investigator until a traffic stop was conducted in the 2200 block of 23rd St.

Following the stop, contact was made with Knight who had a black Nike backpack at his feet, according to the affidavit. Inside the backpack, Zywiec found a digital scale, multiple syringes, a spoon with cotton and a white crystal substance. The substance field tested as being methamphetamine.

In other district court news:

*Annie E. McCoy, 41, of Columbus, was sentenced to two years of supervised probation by Steinke after being found guilty of second-degree forgery in the amount of $500-$1,500, a Class I misdemeanor, which was amended from an original higher dollar amount. The defendant was also ordered to pay restitution in the total amount of $2,016.62, which starting in January must be paid in monthly $150 increments to the district court clerk.

*Davis R. Harrington, 24, of Columbus, was found guilty of attempting to make terroristic threats, a Class IV felony; and attempt of a Class III or IIIA felony. Steinke sentenced the defendant on both counts to serve 364 days in the Platte County Detention Facility, which will run concurrently. The defendant was credited with five days served.

*Tristin M. Paulson, 19, of Columbus, was sentenced by Steinke to spend the next 364 days incarcerated in the Platte County Detention Center after being found guilty of attempting to distribute a Schedule I controlled substance – 2C-E, a Class IIIA felony. The defendant, represented by Public Defender Tim Matas, was credited with serving 85 days.

Sam Pimper is the news editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at

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