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Randolph man headed to prison for 2018 assault

January 30, 2019

HARTINGTON — A Randolph man was sentenced Tuesday in Cedar County Court to prison on felony charges stemming from the assault of a woman in 2018.

Evan Grant Brandt, 36, had previously been found guilty of first-degree domestic assault and terroristic threats, facing up to 23 years in prison on both charges.

Judge Paul Vaughan sentenced Brandt to 5-8 years at the Nebraska Department of Corrections, with Brandt becoming eligible for parole in 2½ years.

According to a probable cause affidavit, witnesses told law enforcement that Brandt had attacked a woman outside a residence in Randolph in May 2018.

The victim was beaten and strangled to the point of blacking out when a neighbor came to her aid.

The neighbor said he called 911, then approached Brandt with a baseball bat in order to save the victim.

He said Brandt went to his pickup and returned with a gun, and shot at the neighbor.

The affidavit said the gun was later found to be a pellet gun that had no characteristics to distinguish it from a high-caliber handgun.

Following sentencing, Cedar County Attorney Edward Matney said he felt Brandt’s prison sentence was important to protect the public and to promote respect for the law.

“I am particularly grateful to the Cedar County and state law enforcement officers for their excellent work in investigating this case,” Matney said.