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Burglar accepts plea bargain

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

McCOOK, Nebraska -- A McCook man accepted a plea agreement that admitted guilt to several felonies stemming from the burglary of a West H Street residence and was subsequently sentenced to prison time, Sept. 5, 2012, in Red Willow County District Court. The offender, 40-year-old Steven A. Durham, accepted a plea agreement that admitted guilt to five felonies and one misdemeanor.

Durham was sentenced to 20-60 months in prison on each of the five felonies, to be served at the same time. That sentence was ordered to be served consecutively to another one year prison sentence stemming from a resisting arrest offense.

As part of the plea agreement the five Class IV felonies Durham admitted guilt that included unauthorized use of a financial transaction device; burglary; possession of methamphetamine; two counts of second degree forgery; and a Class I misdemeanor offense for resisting arrest.

According to court documents Durham was a resident of the McCook Day's Inn when he burglarized the home of Raymond Miley. Miley had been in police custody since a 2011 incident in which he fired a weapon at emergency responders, triggering a 7 1/2 hour standoff that ended with him leaving peacefully after a SWAT team from North Platte was called in.

Court documents indicate that Durham may have been incarcerated with Miley at Phelps County Jail in early January 2012, prior to the burglary.

Durham's accomplice in the burglary, 19-year-old Megan L. Hinson, was sentenced to 24 months probation in August for her role in the crime.


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