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A Columbus man convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol on several occasions was sentenced to a lengthy probation term late last week in Platte County District Court.

Judge Robert Steinke sentenced Travis L. Hammons, 34, to serve 42 months of probation in addition to paying a $2,000 fine, having his license revoked for 15 years and spending 120 days in Platte County Jail.

Hammons previously pleaded no contest and was found guilty of refusing to submit to a chemical test fourth offense, a Class IIA felony. Under state law, the defendant could have faced a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. An additional charge of driving under the influence of alcohol with four prior convictions was dropped/dismissed, according to court records.

Hammons was previously convicted of DUI in 2008, 2015, 2016 and July 2018.

At 5:25 p.m. Aug. 25, 2018, Officer Jorge Magdaleno of the Columbus Police Department was dispatched to the 2400 block of 13th Street in reference to a report of an individual passed out in a gray Mazda Pickup truck on the south side of the street, according to an arrest affidavit.

The report says the vehicle was running and as the officer approached the driver-side window, he noticed one individual sleeping in the driver’s seat. The car, the arrest report says, was in gear on drive.

Magdaleno reportedly opened the door, awoke the defendant and turned off the ignition. Speaking to the defendant, Magdaleno reported detecting the odor of alcohol. He also said the defendant had glassy, blood-shot eyes and slurred speech.

When asked if he’d been drinking, court records show that the defendant said he “had a few.”

Hammons subsequently refused to submit to a standard field sobriety test, preliminary breath test or consent to a chemical breath test.

In other district court news:

*Michael J. Warkentin, homeless, was sentenced to 45 days in Platte County Jail after being found guilty of theft by shoplifting in the amount $0-$500 second offense, a Class I misdemeanor. In September 2018, court records show the defendant stole a Nintendo 3DS gaming system and 10 game from a local residence.

*Jack J. Peterman, 36, of Columbus was sentenced to pay a $1,000 fine after being found guilty by Steinke of attempting to carry out a Class ID felony, punishable by up to 50 years in prison. The charge was amended from the original offense of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.

*Parris R. Jedlicka, 27, of Clarkson, was sentenced to 120 days in Platte County Jail after being found guilty of being in possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, a Class IV felony, punishable by up to two years in prison.

*Jose M. Ramon, 38, of Columbus, was sentenced to 210 days in Platte County Jail after being found guilty of stalking, a Class IIIA felony. In addition, the defendant will be required to complete 12 months of post-release supervision. Ramon was credited with 104 days of time served.

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

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