BEATRICE – A 41-year-old man will serve a total of four years in state prison and a year of supervised released for drug convictions.
Damien Roland was sentenced Wednesday by Gage County District Judge Rick Schreiner, who described Roland’s past criminal history as “atrocious”.
That past record includes burglary, assault, criminal mischief, drug possession, theft, strangulation and sexual assault of a minor, among other things. Roland told the judge that he’s made some “pretty bad choices” in life. But has been helping other inmates with A.A. and N.A. classes while in jail.

The judge denied a request for probation. "You were sitting in jail and you can't show how good you are to other people, because you continually break the law."

Roland was convicted of possession of methamphetamine, a felony….and two misdemeanor counts of introducing two juveniles to meth. The judge described Roland as a habitual criminal, although he was not convicted of the designation, which can result in criminal penalty enhancement.

"I just don't understand why somebody at 41 years of age, knowing what methamphetamine does and how it affects an individual and how it's ruined your life...would choose to take two innocent juveniles and introduce them to that substance. You're looking down and I hope that's in shame...because you should be ashamed of yourself."   Roland received credit off his prison sentences for 242 days spent in jail.

In other sentencing hearings...a gun conviction is sending a 26-year-old man to state prison.  Milo Leslie was ordered to serve a two-year state prison term, after being convicted of possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person, a felony.  

  • Krystal Pearson was sentenced to a 24-month term of probation for attempted drug possession, to be served at the same time as a federal court          probation term she is serving from Colorado.
  • Alan Volner Jr. had his probation revoked and was sentenced to a 180-day Gage County jail term, for attempted methamphetamine possession.
  • Angela McCubbin was sentenced to a 24-month probation term for attempted drug possession.