ALMA— Charges against a 22-year-old Kearney man accused of being involved with a home invasion in rural Harlan County have been sent to the district court.
Jake A. George waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Wednesday in Harlan County Court.
County Judge Timothy Hoeft bound the case over to the Harlan County District Court.
George faces charges of robbery, use of a firearm to commit a felony, burglary and terroristic threats. Prosecutors dismissed misdemeanor charges of third-degree assault and criminal mischief, though they may be added to the case in district court.
George is one of four suspects believed to be involved in the crime.
Rylie K. Bryson, 18, of Kearney, Brock A. Teel, 29, of Kearney and Damecius D. Grigsby, 23, of Kearney also have been charged with robbery, use of a firearm to commit a felony, burglary, terroristic threats, third-degree assault and criminal mischief.
Bryson is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on June 5 at 10:45 a.m.
Teel waived his preliminary hearing on April 3.
Grigsby filed a written waiver of his preliminary hearing on May 13.
According to the arrest affidavit, at least three suspects entered the home of Warren and Marlys Baxter on March 11 wearing masks and holding the Baxters at gun point.
One of the suspects used a rifle to threaten Warren and fired the weapon into the mattress of a bed between Warren’s legs. The suspects took about $1,000 in cash and collectible coins.
Teel and Bryson were also involved in a standoff in Minden on March 21, where the Nebraska State Patrol SWAT team was called in to apprehend them. Weapons and drug paraphernalia were found inside the residence.
Use of a firearm to commit a felony is a Class 1C felony punishable by five to 50 years in prison. Robbery is a Class 2 felony punishable by up to 50 years in prison. Burglary is a Class 2A felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Terroristic threats is a Class 3A felony punishable by up to three years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine. Third-degree assault is a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Criminal mischief, value less than $500, is a Class 3 misdemeanor punishable by up to three months in jail and a $500 fine.