By Signal Staff
Three men were sentenced to prison on Tuesday, August 14, in the Fillmore County District Court. First Judicial District Court Judge Rick Schreiner from Gage County was on the bench last week.
Judge Schreiner sentenced William T. Dressen, 39, of Holstein, currently incarcerated in Adams County to a term of not less than 10 years nor more than 15 years with the Nebraska Department of Corrections for five counts of Burglary, all Class 2A felonies. Dressen was given no credit for time served and the sentences will run concurrently. The defendant was also sentenced to two years with the State Department of Corrections for the charge of Theft by unlawful taking, a Class 4 felony. Dressen was also ordered to pay all court costs and a total restitution of $2,550 to four Fillmore County residents.
Dressen and co-defendant Dustin Hallows, 23, of Kearney, also incarcerated and yet to be sentenced, took part in a four-county crime spree that focused on stealing items from rural farm shops. Eight incidents were noted in Fillmore County where the pair cut padlocks and forced their way into outbuildings where they stole hand tools, cordless power tools, firearms, air compressors, rifles, ammunition and other shop-related items.
Prior to sentencing on August 14, Dressen told the court he held two jobs in 2014 and felt he could be productive in the working community again. He also served four years in the U.S. Air Force. He noted that he owes a great deal of child support and has pending charges in other counties.
Judge Schreiner commented the burglaries the pair were committing became like a business enterprise to them with no thought to the victims. The pre-sentence investigation also indicated the victims of the crimes wanted to see the perpetrators go to prison.
“This does look like a criminal enterprise to me,” Judge Schreiner said. “You sawed off serial numbers on the guns with the intent of selling them…you were preparing the items for sale on the black market…I have a job to do and now you have a job to do.”
Prior to sentencing, Dressen said the past 11 months in jail has led to him doing some soul searching.
“This type of lifestyle isn’t what I want for me,” he said. “I don’t want this to be my life story.”
Dressen was remanded into the custody of the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office. He will serve at least 7.5 years in prison.
Joseph E. Molnar, 45, of Geneva was sentenced to two concurrent 24-month sentences for the Class 3A felony counts of Terroristic Threats and Strangulation by Judge Schreiner on August 14. These two-year terms will be served with the Nebraska Department of Corrections. He was given credit for 82 days served. Molnar was also sentenced to terms of 12 months, three months and three months for three misdemeanor counts. All sentences were ordered to run concurrently. A mandatory 18 months of post-release supervisors will also take place. The defendant was also ordered to pay court costs.
The charges stem from a May 11 incident in which Molnar was involved in a physical altercation with his sister in her Geneva home. Molnar opted for no legal representation and pleaded guilty to the charges as presented.
Judge Schreiner read the PSI and noted the crime was a crime of violence. He also noted the defendant has some other criminal history and that probation was probably not the best option.
“I have to admit I don’t see this very often,” Judge Schreiner said. “When someone comes in and asks me to send them to prison for the maximum sentence.”
Prior to sentencing, Molnar expressed his regret for the incident. He said he wanted to take the most direct path to sentencing and wasn’t interested in any plea deals. He also noted his sister has always been there for him in the past.
Jaccob David Rose, 34, of Geneva was sentenced to four years with the Nebraska Department of Corrections for the Class 3 felony charge of Possession of a deadly weapon by a felon. Judge Schreiner also sentenced Rose to one year in prison for misdemeanor domestic assault. The sentences will run concurrent and the defendant was given credit for 156 days served. Rose will also be subject to 24 months of post-release supervisor. He will serve at least 21 months in prison.
“You have a history of violence,” Judge Schreiner said. “You are not suitable for probation time in my opinion.”
Court records indicate Rose was involved in a domestic altercation on March 4. During a second stop this spring, FCSO deputies found a large knife on the defendant.
Prior to sentencing, Fillmore County Attorney Jill Cunningham argued that Rose has a criminal record as long as one’s arm and he needs a straight prison sentence.
“He deserves a prison sentence,” Cunningham said.
Rose told the court that he has started to see a doctor in March and he feels he is leveling out. He also said he has ended the long-term domestic situation that started the charges. He also said he wants to be a part of his kids’ lives in York.
“He always comes to court with a new lease on life…his list of life changes goes on and on,” Cunningham said.
Rose was incarcerated with the Nebraska Department of Corrections in 2001 and 2005. He has also violated protection orders at least a half dozen times and was charged with domestic assault in 2014.