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Jesus Montana
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Rudy Perdomo

Jesus (Jesse) Montana was deemed incompetent Monday to answer charges of theft by shoplifting-third offense, as well as second-degree trespassing.

Montana will be transferred to the Lincoln Regional Center psychiatric hospital for treatment, after briefly appearing in Lincoln County District Court Monday.

The Lincoln County attorney’s office previously requested a mental evaluation of Montana and presented the report to Lincoln County District Judge Richard Birch.

Birch said the evaluation report will be sealed, but Montana will receive “whatever treatment the regional center recommends.”

Montana, 51, is homeless. He has been regularly seen around town for several years, often sweeping the downtown sidewalks during the evenings and telling fantastical stories about his life to anyone who would listen. He is also well known in the court system, having served 701 days in jail from December 2011 through August 2016 on a variety of minor charges -- 10 trespassing charges, seven disturbing the peace, five shoplifting, two drinking on public property, one assault, one criminal mischief and one carrying a concealed weapon.

He has been in jail 148 days on his latest shoplifting and trespass charges.

Birch scheduled Montana for a court appearance on Feb. 26 to review the outcome of his treatment and the status of his case.


Failure to appear: Perdomo

A man who tried to open a bank account with a large fraudulant check from Beirut did not show up for sentencing Monday.

Rudy Perdomo, 27, is convicted of attempted conspiracy to commit theft and second-degree forgery.

According to the North Platte Police, Perdomo, 27, was arrested after officers met with an employee of North Platte Farmers State Bank on Rodeo Road on Jan. 28, 2016, about a fraudulent check that Perdomo asked to be deposited in his account.

Perdomo told the clerk that the $2,580 check from the American University of Beirut was his payroll check.

The bank was suspicious and put a 10-day hold on the check, police said.

On Feb. 5, investigators met with the bank employee, who said that the check was returned on Feb. 1 as altered/fictitious. The bank employee said Perdomo came in that day and asked why there was no money in his account. When he was told the deposit was invalid, he said he would close his account.

Perdomo was found and arrested on April 14, 2016.

Following a series of hearings and continuances, Perdomo pled no contest to the reduced charges on July 10. A presentence investigation was ordered and sentencing set for Sept. 11.

In court Monday, Defense Attorney Blaine Gillett asked the court to continue the arraignment, giving his client a chance to appear. Deputy County Attorney Kortnei Hoeft objected.

Birch denied Gillett’s request, revoked Perdomo’s bond and issued a warrant for his arrest.



Also, Carman Farley was convicted Monday of attempted possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and sentenced to 24 months’ probation.

Farley, 51, pled no contest in a plea deal. A charge of possession of hashish was dismissed.

In exchange for Farley’s plea, the county recommended probation.

Defense Attorney Kent Florom said his client, a wheelchair bound disabled 20- year Army veteran, would be a good candidate for probation.

Farley previously lived in Arvada, Colo. and recently moved to Minnesota.

According to court records, she was arrested April 3 after the Nebraska State Patrol stopped her car for displaying expired Minnesota plates. Officers found marijuana and packages of hash in the car. Farley, a passenger, admitted that the drugs belonged to her.

Florom asked for her probation to be transferred to Minnesota.

Birch said the transfer “seemed reasonable” and with no objections from the county, honored Florom’s request.


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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 9/12/2017
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