Scotts Bluff Co. man sentenced in plea deal involving 3 cases

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GERING, Neb. (KNEP) - A Scotts Bluff County man will serve at least six and a half years in prison on felony drug and weapons charges.

David Barraza, 47, was sentenced today on amended charges of possession of methamphetamine, 28 to 139 grams, and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. In exchange for a guilty plea on those charges, prosecutors agreed to drop 7 other felony weapons charges, a misdemeanor charge of obstructing an officer, as well as charges in two other pending cases.

Barraza was arrested in December last year after a woman told police she had been held against her will at a residence northeast of Lake Minatare over a weekend, and that she had been threatened with a firearm 'Russian-roulette' style. Following the report, court records say authorities executed a search warrant Dec. 13, 2017 and uncovered methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and pump shotgun, and that while serving the warrant the defendant attempted to destroy evidence, including the drugs and a glass smoking pipe.

Barraza was sentenced to concurrent terms of not less than 8 years nor more than 10 years on each count, with mandatory minimums of five years on the drug charge, and three years on the weapons charge. He was given credit for 150 days time served on the drug charge sentence. The two cases that were dismissed related to the alleged false imprisonment, and a charge that meth had been found in Barraza's jail cell.