Ernesto Leon


A man convicted of beating a pregnant woman and then absconding from law enforcement for more than a year will be held in Platte County Jail without bond leading up to his sentencing.

Ernesto Leon, 31, of Columbus, was scheduled for sentencing before Platte County District Court Judge Robert Steinke late last week, however, it was pushed until 10 a.m. Nov. 26 so that an updated pre-sentence investigation could be completed by the probation office.

Court records show that he is being held without bond because prior to fleeing last year, he was already convicted of third-degree domestic assault of a pregnant woman, a Class IIIA felony, punishable by up to three years in prison. An additional charge of obstructing a police officer, a Class I misdemeanor, was previously dropped/dismissed.

In January 2018, Officer Jeffrey Black with the Columbus Police Department was dispatched to a residence in the 800 block of 33rd Avenue in reference to a possible domestic assault that occurred. Contact was made with the victim who described an argument that turned violent resulting in the defendant striking her several times, among other things, according to a warrantless arrest affidavit.

Court records show Leon fled from the scene when he saw the officer’s patrol car arrive. The defendant was located a short time later and attempted to flee the scene before ultimately surrendering and being placed under arrest.

In other recent court happenings:

*Davion L. Seizys, 29, of Newman Grove was sentenced to 18 months in the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services after being found guilty of two counts of being in possession of a controlled substance, a Class IV felony. A third possession charge was dropped and court records show the sentences will run concurrently.

The defendant was arrested in July 2018 after a deputy with the Platte County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a location near the intersection of 400th Avenue and Line Road in reference to a vehicle accident. Upon arrival, court records show the Platte County deputy made contact with a Nebraska State Trooper and a Madison County deputy.

The Platte County deputy was advised that the defendant was driving a red Dodge Durango, one of the vehicles involved in the accident. That particular vehicle, the first law enforcement agents on the scene advised, had several backpacks inside. Court records show that a search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a large amount of marijuana, as well as methamphetamine and cocaine. Other drug paraphernalia was located as well, court records show.

*Audrey N. Fulk, 37, of North Bend was sentenced to one year of probation after being found guilty of driving during a period of revocation stemming from a DUI conviction, court records show. As part of her sentencing, Fulk had her license revoked for 15 years. She is able to apply for an interlock system after 45 days.

*Andrew W. Dotson, 30, of Monroe pleaded no contest and was found guilty of strangulation, a Class IIIA felony, for which he was sentenced to spend 364 days in Platte County Jail. Dotson was credited with 112 days served. Additional charges of third-degree domestic assault, burglary and being a prohibited person in possession of a deadly weapon were all dropped/dismissed, 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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