Man receives jail sentence for verbal threats

November 14, 2018

PLATTSMOUTH – An Eagle resident will spend time in Cass County Jail for verbally threatening to kill local residents in front of law enforcement officials.

Bradley A. Gilliam, 36, appeared in Cass County District Court Tuesday morning for plea and sentencing hearings. Gilliam and prosecutors reached a plea agreement that called for him to plead guilty to three Class I misdemeanor charges of third-degree assault-menacing threat. Gilliam also agreed to admit violating his probation.

Gilliam first appeared in Cass County District Court earlier this year. He pled guilty in June to one Class I misdemeanor charge of third-degree assault. He had made a telephone call to a female victim and told her he would kill both her and her husband. The victim said Gilliam was angry about a family dispute.

Gilliam began a term of 24 months on probation on Aug. 13. Deputy County Attorney Steven Sunde told the court Tuesday that Gilliam made a major violation of his probation Aug. 26.

Sunde said Gilliam was staying at a family member’s house in Eagle when he became angry. He physically attacked the male victim in the house. The victim was able to escape the residence and sought help at a neighboring house.

Sunde said the neighbors called emergency dispatchers and requested help from Cass County Sheriff’s Office deputies. Gilliam then walked over to the neighboring residence and told a male and female living at the house that he would kill them.

Sunde said Gilliam initially denied making any threats when CCSO deputies arrived on scene and spoke to him. Gilliam then became angry when he saw the neighbors again. He threatened to kill them several times while he was standing in front of the deputies. They arrested him and transported him to Cass County Jail.

Gilliam agreed to proceed to immediate sentencing following his plea hearing. Sunde told the court he felt the proposed sentence of three one-year jail terms was appropriate given the circumstances. Defense attorney Julie Bear said her client struggled with chronic alcoholism and other health issues. She said that had made it difficult for Gilliam to seek and complete treatment programs.

Judge Michael Smith followed the plea recommendations and sentenced Gilliam to one year in Cass County Jail on each of the three charges. Gilliam will serve those sentences on a consecutive basis and will receive credit for 80 days already spent in jail. Smith said Gilliam would serve approximately 565 days based on good-time laws.

Smith also revoked Gilliam’s probation and sentenced him to 90 days in Cass County Jail. Gilliam will serve that sentence at the same time as the other three charges.

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