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Grand Island man pleads not guilty in terroristic threats case

Mark Simons is charged with attempted sexual assault and four other crimes
Mark Simons is charged with attempted sexual assault and four other crimes(Hall County Jail)
Published: Sep. 30, 2020 at 4:03 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Grand Island man arrested after a half-naked woman ran screaming from his house says he’s not guilty and is going to trial early next year.

Police arrested Mark Simons, 54, on June 30 after a stand-off at his home in the 900 block of East 11th street. They were called to the scene after a report of a partially clothed woman fleeing the house screaming. The woman told police that Simons tried to have sex with her and when she refused he shot at her. Court records indicate that a single shot was fired.

Simons is charged with Attempted First Degree Sexual Assault, Terroristic Threats, Possession of a Deadly Weapon in Commission of a Felony, Second Degree Assault and Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm. This week he pleaded not guilty to all five charges.

The max penalties for convictions on all the charges Simons faces total 120 years in prison. Simons' next court hearing is scheduled in January and trial is scheduled in February.

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