A Beatrice man will be sentenced next month in three cases after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors before a scheduled bench trail Monday morning.

Joshua R. Wilcox, 29, appeared in Gage County District Court to enter pleas Monday as part of the plea agreement.

In one case, Wilcox pleaded guilty to attempted distribution of methamphetamine, a class 2A felony that could result in up to 20 years in prison.

He pleaded no contest in a second case to third-degree assault, and admitted to violating his probation in a third case and will be resentcenced for the charge of third-degree domestic assault.

In the attempted distribution case, Wilcox was one of two people arrested last October for distribution, following controlled buys conducted by the Beatrice Police Department.

He was arrested following an August 2016 drug sale. According to the arrest warrant, Beatrice police were conducting a controlled buy of methamphetamine from Wilcox in the 300 block of North Seventh Street after a confidential informant gave word that Wilcox was going to sell the informant 1-1.5 grams of meth for $80.

The informant was given $80 by police and followed to Lincoln, where he was asked to pick Wilcox up.

Wilcox got into the vehicle and was followed to Beatrice. The informant contacted police to say he had made the purchase and gave officers a torn Walmart bag with a substance that tested positive for methamphetamine.

In the second case, Wilcox was arrested after an assault in June in Beatrice. Wilcox allegedly punched a man multiple times outside of a Beatrice residence. The victim was transported to a Lincoln hospital for his injuries and court documents indicate the man had a broken jaw and other injuries from the assault.

Wilcox was sentenced last November to probation in the third case, also for assault. He admitted to violating his probation Monday by disobeying laws and failing to abstain from drugs or alcohol.

His sentencing date is set for Jan. 18.



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