A jury trial was avoided in Gage County District Court this week after a plea agreement was reached shortly before opening arguments were scheduled.

The trial against Dusty Mayhew, 52, was scheduled to last three days. Jury members were selected Wednesday morning, with arguments scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Over the lunch hour, a plea agreement was reached with prosecutors.

Mayhew was charged for a December 2016 burglary. Per the agreement, the charge was reduced to accessory to burglary and a habitual criminal enhancement was removed. The charge is a class 3A felony, punishable by up to three years imprisonment, followed by nine to 18 months of post-release supervision and a fine of up to $10,000.

Mayhew pleaded no contest to the charge and will be sentenced Jan. 3.

An arrest warrant was issued for Mayhew in May for the burglary near Holmesville.

According to the warrant, the window on a back door of a residence was shattered and around $1,000 worth of items were taken.

A pair of gloves with the initials K.R. was found, and determined to belong to co-defendant Kenenth Rainey.

Mayhew is currently serving a prison sentence for failing to register as a sex offender. He was sentenced to two years in prison, followed by 48 months of post-release supervision on that charge, and three months in prison on a separate charge of driving under suspension, with the sentences being served concurrently.

In addition to the burglary case, Mayhew will also be sentenced on Jan. 3. in another case where he charged with possession of methamphetamine.

Per Tuesday’s plea agreement, prosecutors are recommending that sentencings in the two cases run concurrent.



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