Man faces sentencing in November

October 30, 2018

A Columbus man scheduled for sentencing Monday morning in Platte County District Court had his case continued by Judge Robert Steinke until November.

John R. Garcia, 25, is being held without bond in Platte County Jail until his new scheduled sentence date of Nov. 16. The defendant pleaded no contest Oct. 1 to being in possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, a Class IV felony.

Under Nebraska law, Garcia faces up to a maximum of two years in prison, 12 months of post-release supervision and a $10,000 fine. A Class IV felony also leaves open the possibility of the defendant receiving probation.

Garcia was arrested in early August after a Platte County Sheriff’s Office deputy made contact with the defendant while his vehicle was parked in the area of Castner’s Crossing near 83rd Street and 48th Avenue, according to a warrantless arrest affidavit.

After making contact with Garcia, the arrest report says the deputy observed a small clear plastic bag with a white substance in it sitting on the passenger seat. While conducting a search of Garcia, law enforcement located another baggie containing a white, crystal-like substance. Opening a folded $1 bill also inside of the wallet, deputies observed a white, powder-like substance, the arrest report says.

A methamphetamine pipe was also located on the defendant.

In other district court news:

An individual currently on probation went before Steinke Monday with the State alleging that she violated the terms of their given sentences.

Kimberly Galvan-Vasquez, 22, of Columbus, was found guilty and sentenced in 2017 after being convicted of attempting to deliver a controlled substance – marijuana, a Class IIIA felony; resulting in an 18-month probation sentence being levied.

According to an updated motion to revoke probation form submitted by Platte County Deputy Attorney Jose Rodriguez, the defendant hasn’t shown up to her past seven alcohol and chemical tests and has failed to keep in contact with probation. In addition, the report says that Galvan-Vasquez was cited by Columbus Police on Oct. 19 for being in possession of marijuana/K2 less than an ounce.

The defendant denied at the hearing that she violated the probationary terms and an evidentiary hearing regarding the motion to revoke probation is scheduled for 11 a.m. Nov. 20.

Sam Pimper is the news editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sam.pimper@lee.net.