November 22, 2022
HARTINGTON, Neb. – A Laurel, Nebraska man facing 24 counts, including harassment and assault of a law enforcement officer, has been remanded to district court to determine his guilt or his innocence.
Jackson Metheny, 26, appeared in Cedar County Court on Wednesday where he waived his right to a preliminary hearing for all crimes. Additionally, he filed a motion that the misdemeanor account with possible felony charges be consolidated and charged in district court.
Metheny faces 13 misdemeanors and 11 felonies in Cedar County. He is said to have committed a series of crimes on several occasions between the beginning of July and the end of October.
He was first arrested on July 2. His alleged charges over the nearly four-month period include one or more counts of criminal harassment, breach of a harassment protection order, obstructing a peace officer, criminal mischief , first degree criminal trespassing, disturbing the peace, assault by a confined person and assault on an officer.
The charges carry a combined maximum sentence of 39 years in prison.
At Wednesday’s hearing, Metheny was scheduled to participate in a preliminary hearing and a preliminary hearing. However, Yankton defense attorney Nicole Brandt said her client would waive the hearing, which would determine whether the alleged crimes were committed in Cedar County and whether there was probable cause that Metheny committed these offences.
County Judge Douglas Luebe read Metheny his rights and asked if the defendant understood the implication of waiving the preliminary hearing.
Metheny indicated he did, and the judge sent the case back to the district court for arraignment and the next round of trial.
At Wednesday’s hearing, Cedar County District Attorney Nick Matney decided to revoke Metheny’s bail, noting that he faced multiple charges related to different occasions. Those offenses included actions that violated bail conditions, the prosecutor added.
Metheny not only violated bail conditions, but also engaged in other criminal activity, Matney said.
“The evidence shows that there is enough information for the court to consider sufficient reason to revoke the defendant’s bond,” the county attorney said.
Brandt resisted the state’s motion to revoke the bond, saying his client’s actions and circumstances did not warrant it.
“The court has already made a strong connection with different conditions to protect victims,” she said. “My client also has a warrant in Dixon County, so he would be taken there prior to bail (for Cedar County).”
Additionally, Brandt argued that Metheny was facing charges in Cedar County but had not been convicted on those charges. She added that her client had not violated any state, federal or local laws at this point.
In making his decision on bail conditions, Luebe said he could consider a whole situation under Nebraska law.
“It’s true, these counts and other pending charges are not convictions, but they are charges,” he said. “I can consider them for bail conditions and take those acts into consideration.”
In this case, the evidence is there to review bail conditions, Luebe said.
“I have, clearly, evidence before the court that the defendant violated the terms of his bail. I can vary or revoke (the bond),” he said.
On the various charges, Luebe set bail at $15,000/10%, $30,000/10% and $125,000/10%.
He noted that the final counts contained a considerably more serious infraction.
“You have several counts, including felonies. You have multiple and different types of charges,” the judge said. “They include violence, breaking the law and repeating other accusations.”
With no other motions or actions before him, Luebe has bound the defendant to the Cedar County District Court for a November 28 appearance.
Metheny remains in the Cedar County Jail in Hartington.
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