Beatrice man sentenced to prison in three cases
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Beatrice man sentenced to prison in three cases

A Beatrice man was sentenced to a total of four years in prison in three separate Gage County District Court cases.

Joshua D. Weeks was sentenced Wednesday by Judge Rick Schreiner, who denied a request for probation in the cases.

Schreiner cited Weeks’ criminal history as a driving factor in the sentence.

“The court system has intervened in your life many, many times,” Schreiner said. “Nothing has worked to help you change your behaviors, which is unfortunate.”

Schreiner said Weeks has been arrested 20 times, including 14 felony arrests, five jail sentences, one prison sentence and has been on probation seven times.

In one case, Weeks was sentenced for first-degree criminal trespassing and possession of a controlled substance. The trespassing charge, a class 1 misdemeanor, was reduced from a felony burglary charge and a third charge of possession of a controlled substance was dropped as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

In the second case, Weeks was sentenced for possession of a controlled substance and obstructing a peace officer. A third count of violating a protection order was previously dismissed.

In the final case Weeks was sentenced in on Wednesday, he was sentenced for violating a protection order and resisting arrest.

Additional charges of violating a protection order, criminal trespassing, driving during revocation and obstructing a peace officer were previously dismissed.

The trespassing charge followed a reported burglary in January.

Beatrice police were called to the 1500 block of Jackson Street for reports of two people digging in a dumpster and entering a residence that was known to be vacant.

Upon arrival, officers saw a man later identified as Weeks running southbound from the back of the house. The officer pursued the man and took Weeks into custody without incident.

Upon searching Weeks, a glass pipe with a white residue and a small baggie of a crystal substance were recovered. The substance field tested positive for methamphetamine.

A laundry basket with miscellaneous items was near the door, as if placed there for ease of transportation. There were also wet footprints in the residence, according to Gage County Court documents.

In the second case, weeks was arrested in April following a brief pursuit.

Beatrice police observed a gray Pontiac not come to a complete stop at the intersection of North 13th and Dorsey streets. The vehicle proceeded south on North 13th Street and allegedly increased its speed as the officer attempted to pursue.

Arrest documents state that the officer followed the vehicle to Homestead Village apartments, where the driver fled in an unknown direction. Police and deputies searched the area for around 10 minutes. The suspect was eventually found, and identified as Weeks.

Weeks was found with a female who has an active protection order against him. Documents state Weeks also had three active arrest warrants from Gage County.

An inventory was taken of the vehicle, and a white crystalized substance that tested positive for methamphetamine was found.

In the third case, Weeks was Tased by Beatrice police while being arrested for violating a protection order and resisting arrest

According to arrest documents, Weeks had broken into the victim’s residence but fled before officers arrived.

Around two hours later he allegedly returned, but again fled before police arrived. A third report was made at 5:30 a.m. the next morning.

Police found Weeks driving a blue Jeep and attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle. When police activated their emergency lights, Weeks fled on foot, ignoring verbal commands to stop.

Weeks was found around an hour later hiding in a vehicle from officers.

Documents state Weeks resisted officers and reached for a concealed item, which was later found to be a socket wrench. A Taser was used on Weeks, who continued to resist and attempted to hit the officer.

The vehicle Weeks was found in did not belong to him, and the property owner advised he did not give permission for Weeks to be there.

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