Probation sentences for meth, weapons raps

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

McCOOK, Neb. -- An armed man arrested last summer after cocaine, methamphetamines and a sawed-off shotgun were discovered in a camper he was towing, was sentenced to probation last week in Red Willow County District Court.

The offender, 40-year-old Kevin J. Manley, accepted a plea agreement in December admitting guilt to a Class IV felony for possession of methamphetamine; a Class I misdemeanor for attempted possession of a short shotgun; and traffic violations for driving on a suspended license and failing to signal a turn. Manley was sentenced Feb. 2, 2015, to 30 months probation, a $25 fine and his driver's license was suspended for one year.

Manley originally was cited with three Class IV felony charges for possession of meth, cocaine and a sawed-off short shotgun, in addition to infractions for fictitious plates, failing to signal, no insurance and no proof of ownership.

The drugs and shotgun were found in a camper Manley was towing at the time of the traffic stop. He also was carrying a loaded .38 pistol on a hip holster at the time of his arrest, according to court documents.

Red Willow County Attorney Paul Wood indicated in court documents the possession of cocaine charge was dismissed due to "no lab test."

Other activity in Red Willow County District Court, Feb. 2, 2015:

* 20-year-old Levi J. Doris of 1613 W. Third Street is facing a Class II felony alleging first degree sexual assault and a Class IV felony alleging strangulation. Doris was scheduled for jury trial earlier this week after pleading not guilty to the charges in December. The jury trial is scheduled for April 21 and 22, 2015.

* 19-year-old Reid Wilcox of 71228 County Road 385 admitted to violating his court ordered probation by failing to report in November and relocating to Omaha without informing the probation office. Wilcox was subsequently scheduled for sentencing at 9:30 a.m. on March 2, 2015.

Wilcox' probation sentence stems from a felony possession of methamphetamine conviction, as well as an infraction for possession of marijuana, stemming from the February 2014 law enforcement raid of the former Republican Valley School building.

* 22-year-old Skyler D. Fawver of 709/710 West Third Street pleaded not guilty to a Class IV felony alleging possession of methamphetamine; a misdemeanor alleging operation of a motor vehicle to avoid arrest; and an infraction for possession of drug paraphernalia. The case was subsequently scheduled for a status hearing at 10 a.m. on March 2, 2015.