St. Libory man demands bail in criminal weapons case

ST. LIBORY, Neb. (Nebraska) – The man accused of pointing the gun at a Howard County sheriff’s deputy has posted bail and hired an Omaha attorney to represent him in a criminal case.

Jerome Dush, 59, St. Libory, is charged with using a firearm to commit a felony and making terrorist threats. Howard County court officials said Dush sent $50,000 yesterday. That’s ten percent of the $500,000 bail set by the Howard County courthouse. Court records also indicate that Dush hired Omaha attorney Erin Wetzel to represent him. His next court hearing is scheduled for April.

A judge has issued a warrant for Dush’s arrest in connection with an incident Monday in which he is accused of pointing a shotgun at a Howard County deputy sheriff. The court records do not indicate that shots were fired or that anyone was injured.

A conviction for the misdemeanor of using a firearm to commit a felony carries a maximum penalty of 50 years in prison. The maximum penalty for terrorist threats is three years in prison.

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