A man with three criminal cases in Gage County District Court was sentenced to probation on Wednesday.
Michael R. May, 26, was sentenced to a total of 36 months on probation in the three cases.
District Court Judge Rick Schreiner said May has taken strikes to maintain sobriety, participated in programs to get his life in order and a presentence investigation determined May has done what he needed to in order to maintain his sobriety, all factors in the court’s decision.
“Your past does not have to determine your future,” Schreiner said. “...You can use those struggles that you’ve had to overcome to help others, which is a gift. I think you’ve already done that with some people.”
May was arrested last October in connection with a burglary that occurred more than one year earlier after stealing nearly $30,000 worth of items from a residence near Adams.
The residence on East Birch Road had been ransacked as well as a nearby outbuilding.
Numerous items were reported taken, including thousands of rounds of ammunition, gun magazines, hunting supplies, computers, an iPad and a GPS system, according to court documents. The total estimated value of the items taken was nearly $30,000.
Three months later, Beatrice police found a bag identified as the victim's that contained hundreds of rounds of ammunition and gun magazines. A witness said that May was carrying the bag around.
During the investigation, authorities learned May had pawned a GPS system at a pawn shop in Lincoln two days after the reported burglary. He was interviewed and confirmed he pawned the item but denied involvement in the burglary, court documents state.
Last October, police received new information that May was familiar with the residence and a witness allegedly told police May had admitted to her that he broke into a house outside Beatrice last year.
May, who was already in custody at the Gage County jail for an unrelated case, was interviewed again and admitted to committing the burglary and gave police details about the burglary.
He was sentenced in the case to 24 months probation for attempted burglary and 24 months probation for attempted theft valued at more than $5,000. The two sentences run concurrent to each other, as well as the other sentences given Wednesday and both charges were reduced as part of an agreement, and a third charge of criminal trespassing was previously dismissed.
In another case, May was arrested last August after allegedly threatening to kill a woman.
Witnesses reported that May was outside threatening her while children were present. He also threatened his own life and to burn the residence down.
Police searched the residence and May was found hiding behind a washing machine and was detained.
The search also turned up straws with a powdery substance where May was found. The substance tested positive for methamphetamine and Michael May appeared to be under the influence of methamphetamine.
In that case, May was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, third-degree domestic assault and terroristic threats.
The charges were reduced to attempted possession of a controlled substance and attempted third-degree domestic assault as part of an agreement.
He was sentenced to 24 and 36 months of probation, respectively, for the two charges. The sentences run concurrent, totaling 36 months of probation.
In the oldest case related to an offense from August 2017, May was previously sentenced to two years on probation for first-degree criminal trespassing, which was reduced from an initial charge of burglary. On Wednesday he was allowed to remain on probation in the case.