A man who forced his girlfriend into her car and took her to another woman’s home pleaded guilty Monday in Lincoln County District Court.
The second woman, who prosecutors say threatened the man’s girlfriend with a gun while they both assaulted her, also took a plea deal.
Jerrita Kindle, 33, pleaded no contest to first-degree false imprisonment and terroristic threats. Later, Michael Charging Elk, 29, pleaded guilty to the same charges.
Both are also charged in separate cases.
Kindle also pleaded no contest to two counts of distribution of methamphetamine after what prosecutors described as a “controlled buy” involving North Platte police and an informant.
Charging Elk also pleaded guilty to assault by a confined person. Prosecutors said he and another man in the Lincoln County Detention Center attacked and hit a third inmate.
Regarding the kidnapping, a woman reported in October that during an argument with her boyfriend, Charging Elk, he forced her into her car and took her to Kindle’s home.
Kindle joined in the arguing and assault, North Platte police said at the time.
She tied the woman’s hands behind her back using a phone charger cord. She held a shotgun to the woman’s head and threatened to shoot the woman and her children, prosecutors said Monday.
In Kindle’s plea agreement, a charge of use of a firearm to commit a felony was dropped.
Kindle and Charging Elk will each be sentenced March 25: Kindle at 10 a.m., and Charging Elk at 1:30 p.m.
Another man made his first court appearance on charges of possessing about seven ounces of methamphetamine.
Cash Brewer, 53, pleaded not guilty to possession of more than 140 grams of the drug. He will appear in court April 8.
His attorney, Kent Florom, asked about lowering Brewer’s bail of $100,000, in part so Brewer could look at treatment options.
“Seven ounces of methamphetamine,” County Attorney Rebecca Harling said in response.
Harling used this as her simple reason why she objected to lowering Brewer’s bail, but said she wouldn’t object to treatment options for Brewer, “which I think is a great idea,” she said.
Judge Richard Birch declined to lower bail.
Also in District Court:
» Timothy Jones aka Timothy Edmunds, 31, pleaded no contest to third-degree assault after he and Charging Elk were said to have attacked and hit another inmate.
He was sentenced to 45 additional days, to begin after his current sentence for a probation violation and domestic assault.
» Shelbi Knox, 24, pleaded no contest to attempted possession of methamphetamine. She was sentenced to two years of probation.
Her attorney, Chawnta Durham, said Knox had graduated from a treatment facility in Lincoln and continues to attend counseling. Before imposing sentence, Judge Michael Piccolo congratulated Knox on her achievements.
“You’re doing what you can, day by day,” he said.
» Sarah Mulligan, 31, pleaded not guilty to theft by deception, $5,000 or more. She will appear in court again April 8.
» Robin Hiatt, 44, pleaded not guilty to theft by taking, $5,000 or more. She will appear in court again May 6.
» Bradley Fletcher, 28, pleaded not guilty to assault on a police officer, flight to avoid arrest and resisting arrest. He will appear in court again March 11.
His attorney, Robert Lindemeier, asked to reduce bail from $150,000, as Fletcher is a North Platte resident with ties to the community, and his wife is expecting a child soon. Prosecutors objected because of the police chase that ensued before Fletcher was arrested.
“They had to call off the pursuit due to it being a danger to the public,” Deputy County Angela Franz said.
Piccolo denied the bail reduction.
» Joseph Clark, 39, pleaded not guilty to third-degree assault on a police officer and resisting arrest. He will appear in court again March 11.
» Eric Bartels, 35, pleaded not guilty to possession of methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, being a felon in possession of a firearm, aiding and abetting a felon in possession of a firearm, three counts of being a habitual criminal, robbery, terroristic threats, false imprisonment and use of a weapon to commit a felony.
In order to be considered a habitual criminal, someone must have been sentenced to a prison term at least twice. Bartels will appear in court again March 25.
» Peter Hagerty, 58, pleaded not guilty to use of a firearm to commit a felony, terroristic threats and carrying a concealed weapon. He will appear in court again March 25.
» Tyne Zona, 41, pleaded not guilty to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute between 10 and 28 grams. She will appear in court again May 6.
» Irene Warner, 40, pleaded guilty to attempted possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. She was sentenced to three years of a specialized probation for substance abuse offenders.
» Brent McEntee, 48, pleaded guilty to a burglary on North Johnson Road, in which McEntee was found with tools that were reported missing, prosecutors said.
» Joey Zeigler, 41, pleaded no contest to third-degree assault. He was sentenced to 85 days in jail and given credit for the 50 days he already spent in jail.
» Arturo Ayala Jr., 27, pleaded no contest to second-offense driving under suspension and carrying a concealed weapon. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail and given credit for 17 days served.
» Christopher Brewer, 36, pleaded guilty to third-degree domestic assault, second offense, and violation of a protection order. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail and nine months of post-release supervision.
» Taylor Trembly, 30, pleaded no contest to possession of methamphetamine and theft. He was sentenced and given credit for the time he’s already served — the exact number of days hadn’t yet been determined in court. He was sentenced to one year of post-release supervision.