Plea reached in drug cases

Monday, November 17, 2014

McCOOK, Neb. -- Plea agreements were reached recently in three criminal cases filed against a McCook man, originally combining for 16 felony and lesser offenses, reducing the number of charges he will face at sentencing to five. The offender, 39-year-old Ryan R, Stecker of 604 W. Fourth Street, was subsequently scheduled for sentencing at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 5, 2015.

Stecker will face sentencing on three Class IV felony offenses for possession of methamphetamine and oxycodone; and two Class I misdemeanor offenses for attempted possession of hydrocodone and attempted distribution of methamphetamine.

In Nebraska, Class IV felonies carry a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine, with no minimum sentence. Class I misdemeanor convictions carry a maximum sentence of one year imprisonment and a $1,000 fine, with no minimum sentence.

Stecker was originally facing a laundry list of criminal charges stemming from arrests in October and November 2013 and one in April 2014. The charges included a Class IV felony offense for possession of methamphetamine; two Class 3 misdemeanor offenses, one for carrying prescription drugs in unauthorized containers and the other for having a broken taillight; and infractions for possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, no registration and no insurance, all stemming from the October arrest.

Stecker also faced a Class 3 felony for possession of oxycodone with intent to deliver; two Class IV felonies for possession of hydrocodone and possession of methamphetamine; a Class I misdemeanor for violating a protection order; and infractions for possession of marijuana and open alcohol container, stemming from the November arrest.

The third criminal case originally included two Class IV felony offenses for possession of methamphetamine and hydrocodone; as well as an infraction for possession of drug paraphernalia, stemming from the April incident.

Stecker was also the drunk driver responsible for the 2008 rollover accident on the 700 block of East A Street which sheared a power pole, caused a natural gas leak, and sent him and a passenger to the Kearney hospital via emergency response helicopter.