Soester Appears in County Court--Charged with Felony Assault, Burglary

By SHAUN FRIEDRICHSEN, News Director

Joseph Soester appeared in Box Butte County Court on Tuesday, Feb. 26, where he is charged with two felony charges and one misdemeanor. The charges arise from an incident on Feb. 9 when members of the Alliance Police Department received a report that a man identified as Joseph Soester had “just beaten and assaulted” a man in the 100 block of Yellowstone Avenue, according to the Affidavit for Custody. An officer made contact with the victim, observing blood and multiple abrasions on the victim’s face. The victim was taken to Box Butte General Hospital, where they discovered “multiple abrasions on his skull. ”According to the affidavit, the victim told the officer that a man named Joe had broken into his camper and had “beaten him with a ‘blond colored’ stick and a small black bat.”

The officer made contact with Soester and read him his Miranda rights. Soester agreed to speak with the officer without an attorney present. Soester allegedly admitted that he had been at the victim’s camper and “admitted to striking (him) with his closed right fist multiple times in the head as well as striking (his) body with a mop handle multiple times.”

During the conversation between Soester and the officer, Soester also allegedly admitted to “breaking out the camper door window with the mop handle, reaching into the camper door window and unlocking the camper door.” Soester was taken into custody.

In Box Butte County Court, Soester is charged with second degree assault, a class 2A felony, burglary, a class 2A felony, and criminal mischief—$0-$500, a class 3 misdemeanor. The maximum penalty for a class 2A felony in the state of Nebraska is up to 20 years in prison. Soester is expected to appear in District Court on Wednesday, Feb. 27, for another case in which he faces felony drug charges.

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