Siefke Pleads Guilty to Firearm Charge
Bond Issue Addressed
By SHAUN FRIEDRICHSEN
As part of a global plea agreement resolving two separate cases, Rose Siefke pleaded guilty to attempted possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, a class 2 felony, a charge that carries the maximum sentence of up to 50 years in prison.
The plea agreement encompassed one case in District Court and Box Butte County Court.
In the District Court case, she was charged with possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, a class 1D felony, possession of controlled substance, a class 4 felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, an infraction. In the county court case, she was charged with possession of a controlled substance, a class 4 felony, possession of drug paraphernalia, an infraction, and speeding 11-15 mph over, an infraction.
Through the plea agreement, all charges in both cases were dropped and the firearm possession charge reduced. Siefke entered her plea in District Court on Monday.
The case in District Court arose from an incident in September 2018 in which law enforcement officers were notified that she had purchased ammunition at a local store for, a .45 caliber pistol. Officers received another report from a caseworker conducting a visit at Siefke’s home that Siefke was in possession of a handgun. Siefke was convicted of being an accessory to concealing the murder of Joshua Bullock by providing false information to law enforcement and providing transportation to dispose of remains. The case was closed in 2013, resulting in a prison sentence for Siefke of not less than 20 months and not more than 60 months in the Nebraska Department of Corrections. The felony conviction prevents her from legally possessing firearms.
Law enforcement officers applied for a search warrant based on the two reports. The search yielded a .45 caliber Hi-point pistol and ammunition in multiple locations throughout the house. Law enforcement also located a short-barrel shotgun, which was not functioning.
The search warrant was amended to include any drugs and drug paraphernalia after law enforcement located drug-related items. Deputy Marcus Hjersman with the Box Butte
County Sheriff’s Office testified at a prior hearing that they found, “bongs, hollowed-out light bulbs, scales, baggies used in the sale of drugs, multiple containers of marijuana and multiple baggies with a white powdery substance believed to be methamphetamine.”
The case in county court, according to the Affidavit for Custody, resulted from a traffic stop on Jan. 13. A trooper with the Nebraska State Patrol conducted the stop after observing a vehicle traveling 77 mph in a 65 mph zone on U.S. Highway 385.
During the stop, the trooper detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The trooper asked Siefke to step out of the vehicle and he informed her a “probable cause search of the vehicle would be completed due to the odor of marijuana.” Siefke allegedly said she did not give permission to the search, but when asked about illegal items in the vehicle, she “admitted to a baggie and straw being in her purse.”
According to the affidavit, Siefke was placed in handcuffed and detained in the patrol unit. The trooper conducted the search of the vehicle, finding the aforementioned purse and searching it. Inside, he “located a clear plastic baggie with a white powder residue inside, and a clear plastic straw with a small amount of crystalline substance inside.” The trooper recognized the substances as methamphetamine.
Also inside the purse, he located a package of Zig-Zag rolling papers. The trooper continued to search the vehicle locating a ripped grocery bag that had been tied on one side in the center console cup holder. The trooper, recognized this to be a form of drug packaging,” and, after removing it, noticed the package was empty. The items were taken into evidence.
The trooper conducted a field test of the substance found in the straw, which tested positive as methamphetamine. The vehicle was towed from the scene, and Siefke was transported to the Alliance Police Department to be interviewed. At 3:52 a.m., she was remanded to the custody of the Box Butte County Jail.
After entering the guilty plea, Siefke’s attorney, Rebecca Chasek, asked District Court Judge Travis O’Gorman to review her bond. According to court records, Siefke had bonded out of jail in each case; however, her bond was revoked in Box Butte County Court by Judge Paul Wess.
According to the journal entry on the case, on during a hearing on Feb. 5, Siefke appeared to be intoxicated, “speaking audibly to herself,” and “interjecting herself into court proceedings.” Judge Wess notes that she even “wandered past the bar and toward the bench while looking at her cell phone.” Judge Wess asked jail staff to conduct a test for controlled substances, which showed that she was under the influence of meth, amphetamines, ecstasy and marijuana. District Court Judge Travis O’Gorman set her bond at 10 percent of $50,000. He also ordered a pre-sentence report be compiled and set her sentencing in May.