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A Beatrice man was sentenced to probation in multiple criminal cases involving attempted distribution of methamphetamine and assault.

Joshua R. Wilcox, 29, was sentenced to 24 months probation for attempted distribution of a controlled substance in one case, and third-degree assault in another.

In a third case from 2016, he was allowed to remain on probation for a third-degree assault conviction.

A stipulation of the probation sentence given in Gage County District Court is that Wilcox was ordered to pay restitution to the victim of the assault case to cover medical expenses.

Judge Julie Smith ordered Wilcox to pay $10,771.41 in restitution as part of the sentencing.

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 heard Thursday, also for assault. He admitted to violating his probation by disobeying laws and failing to abstain from drugs or alcohol.

  

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