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District Court sentencing, action

By Signal Staff

A Geneva man was sentenced to three years probation for selling methamphetamine two times to a Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) confidential informant in March of 2017.
Fillmore County District Court Judge Vicky Johnson sentenced David J. Grasmick, 31, formerly of Seneca, Neb., and now of Geneva, to 36 months of Intensive Supervised Probation (ISP) on a pair of Class 2A felonies, attempted Distribution of an exceptionally hazardous drug on Tuesday, March 12.  Judge Johnson was hesitant to agree to probation on the charges and twice postponed sentencing in the case. Grasmick's prior criminal history did not allow him to be a candidate for drug court.
"It's clear to me you have an addiction problem," Judge Johnson said at sentencing.  "You're going to have to change your lifestyle."
The terms of ISP included:  seeking employment; staying in Fillmore County; submitting to chemical and DNA testing; 30 days of electronic monitoring; performing 10 hours of public service per week; paying $1,080 in probation fees; $144.50 court costs; $180 chemical-testing fees; $150 electronic-monitoring fee; $10 offender assessment; possible jail sentences; completing outpatient counseling; cognitive group therapy and participating in a 12-step program.
Court records indicate Grasmick a/k/a "Little Dave" sold methamphetamine on March 14, 2017, and on March 21, 2017, from his Geneva residence to a NSP confidential informant.  The product tested positive for methamphetamine at the NSP Crime Lab both times.
Two other defendants appeared on March 12 in criminal action.
• Colton H. Smith, 25, of Exeter and currently incarcerated, accepted a written plea agreement with the Fillmore County Attorney's Office and pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted 3rd degree assault, both Class 3A felonies. Judge Johnson ordered a pre-sentence investigation report to be performed by the Fillmore County Probation department and a chemical dependency evaluation.
Smith was involved in an alcohol-driven fight and property damage incident during September of last year in Milligan.  Sentencing will take place on Tuesday, May 14, at 10:15 a.m.
• Michael L. Stover, 61, formerly of York and Milligan and currently incarcerated in Lancaster County, appeared for a pre-trial hearing.  Two weeks prior to the hearing, Stover suffered a stroke while in custody in Lincoln.  Because of this current medical condition, the Fillmore County Attorney's office requested a one month continuance.  The defendant will be back in court on April 9 at 9:45 a.m.
Stover was involved in an incident allegedly involving drugs and a weapon in October of last year in Geneva.