Man sentenced in bizarre stolen pickup case

A man initially reported as a missing person and then found at the former Minatare feedlot in a stolen pickup in September 2012 was sentenced on two misdemeanor charges Friday in Scotts Bluff County District Court.

Cruz Barraza was sentenced to 112 days less than what he has already served. Barraza was given a sentence of 90 days in the county jail with credit for 202 days served.

Barraza was initially reported as a missing endangered person after leaving his residence in a tan Chevrolet Silverado pickup, which was located by the Nebraska State Patrol approximately 1 mile south of Minatare. Shortly afterward, investigators found Cruz Barraza in the custody Minatare Police Chief Robert Regester at the feedlot in another pickup that had been reported stolen that morning.

Barraza was originally charged with felony theft for stealing the pickup. Investigators said there was a gun in the pickup that belonged to the person using the vehicle, but there was no indication Barraza used it.

Barraza was sentenced Friday on charges of attempted theft by taking, a class 2 misdemeanor, and a 3rd degree misdemeanor assault charge.

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