Closing two open cases, District Court Judge Travis O’Gorman sentenced Christopher Maxey to serve time in prison for stealing a car and driving under suspension.
In the first case against him, Maxey, 41, of Alliance, pleaded no contest to driving under suspension during a 15 year revocation, a class 2A felony. The case came as a result of Maxey’s driving a vehicle in September 2018.
In the second case against Maxey, he pleaded no contest to the charge of theft—over $5,000, a class 2A felony. According to the Affidavit for Custody, in 2016, a man reported his 2012 Chevrolet Silverado as stolen. He advised law enforcement officers that he contacted On Star, which was able to track the vehicle.
The vehicle was intercepted in Niobrara County, Wyoming and Maxey, who was driving the vehicle, was taken into custody for DUI and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. After Maxey’s arrest, the officer was unable to conclude the investigation until Maxey was involved in a traffic stop in Sept. 2018.
According to the Affidavit, Maxey gave the officer a false name, but he was identified from previous contacts with law enforcement. He was taken into custody on a warrant and other charges. The officer interviewed Maxey about the theft of the vehicle, and Maxey admitted to the theft. No theft charges were filed in Box Butte County for the theft of the vehicle.
At the sentencing, Deputy County Attorney Larry Miller cited Maxey’s criminal history in his recommendation for a prison sentence.
“(Maxey’s) had 23 sentences that led to incarceration,” said Miller. “I think, in this case, anything less than incarceration would depreciate the seriousness of the offense.”
Jon Worthman, Maxey’s attorney, explained that his client is capable of obeying the law.
“There was a significant period of time where Mr. Maxey did not get in trouble,” said Worthman. “He can be a law-abiding citizen. It’s our request that you give him a sentence that would allow him to stay in county jail and do his sentence there, and also to serve them concurrently.”
Maxey told Judge O’Gorman he has been working to make changes in his life.
“In the past year, I’ve worked the same job, and tried to buy my own house,” said Maxey. “I’ve been remarried, and my wife and I have a son together. I ain’t gonna say I had it all together, but for the past year, year and a half, I’ve done a lot better. I just hope that you please recognize that. I have changed.”
Judge O’Gorman explained that Maxey’s history came into consideration in his sentence.
“Mr. Maxey, your past criminal record speaks for itself,” said Judge O’Gorman. “Mr. Miller indicated 23 periods of incarceration, including twice with the Nebraska Department of Corrections, and one in the Wyoming Department of Corrections. I think anything less than a period of incarceration would depreciate the seriousness of the offense.”
Judge O’Gorman sentenced Maxey to serve four to eight years in each case, with each sentence to run consecutively. Maxey was given credit for 114 days served. He will be eligible for parole in four years.