Samuel Mier apologized to the victims of a June 27 robbery at Steinhart Park after entering a guilty plea to robbery and use of a weapon to commit a felony on Tuesday.
District Judge Randall Rehmeier sentenced Mier to four to five years in state prison for the robbery and a mandatory consecutive sentence of one year for use of the weapon.
Deputy Otoe County Attorney Tim Noerrlinger said the victims, three Nebraska City teens, reported that Mier exhibited a handgun and ordered them to empty their pockets.
One of the victims retrieved $415 from her car.Noerrlinger said Mier ordered the teens to swim into the middle of Steinhart Pond and he then left with a female accomplice in a car with a faulty fog light.
A Plattsmouth police officer noticed the car with a fog light out at 1:14 a.m. and arrested Mier and 23-year-old Cynthia Cashman, 23, of Topeka.
Noerrlinger said a search of the car yielded the $415 in cash and a total of 21 items belonging to the teens.
Noerrlinger said Mier's criminal history has traffic offenses and possession of a controlled substance in 2007 and 2008.
Otoe County Public Defender Michael Ziskey told Judge Rehmeier that Mier was intoxicated that night and the incident was out of character for him.
“I sincerely apologize. I am sorry for what I did,” Mier told Judge Rehmeier.
Rehmeier said from what he can see from Mier's criminal history, the robbery is out of character for him.
“Luckily no one got hurt and luckily those people can swim better than I can and were able to swim out into the pond,” he said.
He called Mier's actions “bad judgement” a “bad mistake” and “stupid.”
Mier will be eligible for parole in 2.5 years and would typically jam out on the robbery charge in three years.
Noerrlinger said two of the victims, Laura Boeche and Cody Blankenship, were able to identify Mier in a photo lineup.
He said all three victims were satisfied with the plea agreement, where Mier would enter guilty pleas to one charge of robbery and the other two robbery charges would be dismissed.