A 54-year-old Mitchell man has been sentenced to a total of six to eight years in prison following convictions in three Scotts Bluff County District Court cases.
Korey Strauch was sentenced last week to 36 to 60 months in prison on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute and No Drug Tax Stamp; 36 months on charges of Strangulation and 3rd Degree Domestic Assault, and 12 to 24 months on a charge of Tampering with a Witness.
District Judge Leo Dobrovolny ordered the sentence in the drug case to run consecutive to the Strangulation and Witness Tampering case.
Strauch was initially arrested in August after deputies met with the assault victim at the hospital. She had accused him of cheating on her and Strauch subsequently assaulted her, strangled her, and hit her over the head with a lamp.
He was booked into the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center on charges of Strangulation and 3rd Degree Domestic Assault.
On October 16th , an arrest warrant for Strauch was issued stemming from a June probation search at his home. During the search officers found more than 9 grams of methamphetamine, multiple syringes, and other drug paraphernalia. Charges in that case included Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute and No Drug Tax Stamp
Later that month, Strauch made a phone call from the jail to the victim in the assault case. During the call, he asked her to testify that she had no recollection of the assault. He was subsequently charged with Tampering with a Witness.
In November, Strauch pleaded no contest to the charges. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dismissed a pending Habitual Criminal enhancement that would have required a minimum of 10 years incarceration with the Nebraska Department of Corrections.