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Court Action

By Signal Staff

A Lincoln woman was sentenced to prison for her roles in several rural farmstead robberies with co-defendant John C. Garaas last week in court action in the Fillmore County District Court.  Risa A. VanMeter, 35, appeared back in court after violating the terms of her probation.
On November 13, Fillmore County District Court Judge Vicky Johnson sentenced VanMeter to two concurrent terms of not less than two years nor more than three years with the Nebraska Department of Corrections for Burglary.  VanMeter was also sentenced to not less than 10 months nor more than 12 months for the charge of Theft by unlawful taking.  She was given 141 days credit for time served.
The defendant was also ordered to pay $234.36 in court costs and provide a DNA sample.  VanMeter originally received a probation sentence for involvement in the burglaries that took place at rural farmsteads, northeast of Geneva, in April of 2015.
On November 13, VanMeter was also sentenced to 90 days in the Fillmore County Jail for Possession of a drug controlled substance.  She was given credit for 90 days time served and the sentence was deemed satisfied. VanMeter turned herself in on September 24, 2015, for a probation violation and was found to have methamphetamine on her person.
Also, on November 13, David J. Grasmick, 31, of Seneca, and formerly of Geneva, accepted a written plea agreement with the Fillmore County Attorney's Office.  Grasmick pleaded no contest to two charges of attempted Distribution of an exceptionally hazardous drug—methamphetamine. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors reduced the charges to attempts from Class 2 felonies punishable by up to 50 years in prison. Judge Johnson ordered a pre-sentence investigation report and a chemical dependency evaluation.  Sentencing was set for January 15, 2019, at 10:15 a.m.
According to court records, Grasmick "Little Dave" sold meth to a confidential informant under surveillance at Grasmick's residence in Geneva on March 14 and 21, 2017.  Attempted distribution of a controlled substance is a Class 2A felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
In other recent court action:
• Nancy Waldron, 59, of York and Exeter entered written pleas of not guilty to stealing from two former clients.  Her next court hearing is slated for January 15, 2019.  Waldron, the York County Public Defender, has had her law license recently suspended.
• Victoria A. Slama, 38, address unknown, entered a plea of denial on the charge of probation revocation on November 13.  Slama also requested a court-appointed attorney.  The matter was set for a further hearing in January.
• Colton H. Smith, 25, Exeter, currently incarcerated, entered a written not-guilty plea on November 8.