Former FJN Employee Reaches Plea Deal


Plea Deal—Trevor J. Gill, 36, of Fairbury, appeared in court last Wednesday (May 15) on theft charges. Gill will be sentenced July 15 on his case.
Trevor J. Gill, 36, Fairbury, was arraigned in Jefferson County Court on May 13 to respond to a charge of using deception to commit theft while working for Linscott Media LLC, parent company of the Fairbury Journal-News, before July 2019. Linda Bauer was the presiding judge.
Gill was originally charge with theft of more than $5,000, a class 2A felony, which carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison. In accordance with a plea agreement, Gill pleaded 'No Contest' to a reduced charge of theft of more than $1,500 but less than $5,000, a class 1 misdemeanor punishable by one year incarceration and a $1,000 fine.
In addition, Gill has agreed to pay restitution in the amount of $13,937.57. The defendant will pay $8,937.57 prior to sentencing and an additional $5,000 over the next 24 months.
Gill is represented by attorney Jeffrey B. Hubka of Beatrice. Hubka requested probation for his client. Hubka noted that the plea agreement states that the State will not oppose probation and also that the State will not file further charges arising out of Gill's employment.
Jefferson County Attorney Joe Casson filed the original complaint against Gill on March 16. Casson said that the review of financial records at the offices of Linscott Media began on August 27, 2019 after the case was handed over from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office to the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) for investigation two weeks earlier. An NSP financial analyst joined the case on Sept. 24. 
The defendant has not been arrested and remains free at this time. Unlike cases where an arrest is made, the Gill court documents do not include an affidavit describing the information behind the charges. Casson declined to elaborate about details of the case. The County Attorney's Office has advised the Fairbury Journal-News, “There was no affidavit filed in this case and no further information will be released from the County Attorney’s Office.”
According to NSP Public Relations Officer Cody Thomas, all information gathered by NSP as part of their investigation would have been handed over to the County Attorney's office.
Gill worked for McBattas Publishing when the company was purchased by Linscott Media in 2016. Prior to the Linscott Media purchase, Gill worked for McBattas Publishing, Canning Trucking and the Belleville Telescope. Judge Bauer ordered a Pre-Sentencing Investigation (PSI). Sentencing is scheduled for July 15.

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