City man heads to prison for robbery, break-in [Columbus Telegram, Neb.]
(Columbus Telegram (NE) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Aug. 21--COLUMBUS -- A 33-year-old Columbus man who admitted stealing a computer at a 10th Street residence and selling stolen antiques is going to prison for the crimes committed within a few days of each other in May.
Platte County District Court Robert Steinke sentenced Raymond Ash Jr. to three to five years in prison for robbery and burglary in connection with incidents committed from May 19-23.
The judge ordered the sentences to concurrently, meaning at the same time, and gave Ash credit for 85 days served in the cases since his arrest on May 24.
Ash pleaded no contest to his involvement in threatening another city man with a knife and robbing him of a computer and cell phone in an early morning incident May 23 at a 10th Street residence.
The defendant also pleaded no contest to breaking into Husker Self Storage in the 1200 block of East 17th Street on May 19 and stealing an antique mantel clock and a pedal tractor. The items were later sold at a downtown antique shop.
In exchange for his pleas, the prosecution dismissed charges of use of deadly weapon to commit a felony and terroristic threats.
Court documents in the May 23 robbery described a 2:30 a.m. incident that began when Ash and a 49-year-old woman arrived at the home of a 43-year-old city man in the 1800 block of 10th Street.
Columbus Police Officer Troy Urkoski said the robbery victim reported that Ash initiated an argument that escalated into the defendant picking up a knife off the kitchen table and threatening him with it.
The victim said Ash threatened to stab him with the knife, then "picked up" the victim's laptop computer and walked out with it, Urkoski said in his statement.
"The victim said he was scared when Ash had the knife and believed that Ash would have harmed him with it," Urkoski said.
The victim's cell phone also was stolen during the incident.
Ash was arrested about 18 hours later when Urkoski and Officer Logan Bronson observed him sitting in a car in the 1100 block of 16th Avenue. While talking to Ash, the officers said they saw K2 and a marijuana pipe in the defendant's car.
After seizing the illegal drug and pipe, the officers searched the vehicle and found a laptop computer covered up on the floor behind the driver's seat.
Ash later said the victim had given him the computer to sell for drugs, Urkoski said.
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