A 30-year-old Scottsbluff man found guilty of robbing a man of $50 worth of methamphetamine while threatening him with a machete has had his conviction and prison sentence upheld.
Today the Nebraska Court of Appeals ruled on an appeal by Michael Valdez. He claims the court erred by denying him a motion for a new trial, not allowing his defense counsel from withdrawing from the case, there was insufficient evidence to support convictions, that he had ineffective trial counsel, and his sentences were excessive.
Valdez was arrested after getting upset after seeing the victim’s name in a discovery document in an assault case Valdez was charged in. Valdez reportedly threatened the man with a machete and demanded half of the gram of methamphetamine the victim had on him.
In September of 2017, Valdez was sentenced on convictions of Robbery, Use of a Deadly Weapon to Commit a Felony, and Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Felon. He was sentenced to a total of 7 to 12 years in prison.
During a ruling today, the Court of Appeals said after considering Valdez’s assignment of errors, his claims were either without merit or insufficiently pled, and confirmed his sentence and convictions.