Dustin Cemper


A Columbus man convicted of a drug-related offense had his case continued on Friday in Platte County District Court to allow for a full pre-sentence investigation to be completed, according to court records.

Terence F. Wickham, 45, originally faced a charge of delivering, dispensing, manufacturing and/or possessing an exceptionally hazardous substance. The charge, though, was subsequently amended through an agreement to attempt of a Class II felony, a Class IIA felony. Under state law, the defendant faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Wickham returns to district court before Judge Robert Steinke for sentencing on May 21.

Wickham was arrested in late August 2018 after a confidential informant told Columbus Police that he or she was aware of a man called “TeeWick” – the defendant – selling methamphetamine in the Columbus area.

A warrantless arrest affidavit shows that a drug buy was scheduled where the CI was set to purchase $200 of methamphetamine from Wickham on Aug. 21. A drop was scheduled to take place in the 300 block of East 23rd St. Wickham, court records show, indicated that he would be inside of US Cellular, but wanted the CI to get the drugs from the center console of his vehicle which was parked in the parking lot. The CI, court records show, was told to leave cash in the same spot.

The CI, the affidavit says, was searched for contraband prior to heading to Wickham’s vehicle. When he or she returned, the CI was in possession of a baggie containing a crystal substance, later determined to be methamphetamine. The total weight of the narcotics was 3.6 grams.

Wickham was subsequently arrested later that month following an investigation and transported to Platte County Jail.

In other court news:

Dustin C. Cemper, 34, of David City, was sentenced to a year in prison after being found guilty of theft by shoplifting in the amount of $0-$500 third offense, and being in possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, both Class IV felonies. Cemper is also being required to complete 12 months of post-release supervision. Under the Good Time Law of Nebraska, the defendant could be eligible for release in about six months.

Court records show that law enforcement’s Nebraska criminal history check of the defendant revealed seven previous theft-related convictions.

The most recent, a warrantless arrest affidavit shows, came in December 2018 when the defendant was observed shoplifting at a business located in the 2500 block of 13th Street in Columbus.

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

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