For The Record

Beatrice Man Accused of Violating Protection Order Sentenced to Time Served

Scott A. Goin, 32, of Beatrice, appeared in Jefferson County Court the morning of Wednesday, October 26, 2022, via webcam from the Jefferson County Jail. Linda Bauer was the presiding judge.
Goin was arrested on Monday, October 17. A warrant was issued for the defendant on April 20 of this year after failing to appear for court.
Goin is charged with violating a protection order, a class 1 misdemeanor punishable by one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
The defendant was previously scheduled to appear in court on April 13 but did not appear. He contacted both his attorney, Public Defender Scott Gropp, and the court, indicating he ride had broken down. Judge Bauer agreed to a continuance at that time.
The defendant was free on a $3,500 (10 percent) bond.
Prior Arrest
On February 26, 2022, at approximately 7:03 p.m., deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the Walmart in Fairbury at the request of the Walmart Asset Protection Manager. According to the Warrantless Arrest Affidavit, security video of an alleged shoplifting incident showed the defendant in the company of a woman, who was later identified as the “protected party” in a protection order.
Goin was arrested at the scene. He has not been charged with shoplifting.
Plea Agreement
At the request of the Defense Council, court was recessed until 2:30 p.m., to allow Gropp time to confer with his client.
Upon reconvening, Gropp advised the court a plea agreement had been reached. In return for a Guilty Plea, the State agreed to recommend time served, nine days. Gropp noted the defendant had been arrested in Gage County in May of this year and, “Has been incarcerated for the better part of five months.
Judge Bauer accepted the plea agreement and sentenced Goin to time served.
Criminal History
This is not Goin’s first brush with the law. He was previously convicted of violating a protection order in Gage County on October 26, 2021.
According to the Beatrice Police Officer that filed out the Arrest Affidavit, law enforcement responded to a report of yelling in an apartment in Beatrice on October 4, 2021, “Upon arrival, I spoke with the victim. Victim told me that the television was the cause of the noise. I told her that I knew of a Protection Order and that I believe that Scott A. Goin is in the apartment. Victim stated that he was not. When I asked to come in, she broke down crying and told me that he is hiding in a closet. I called Scott A. Goin out of the closet and he came out. Scott A. Goin told me that he was staying there because he did not have anywhere else to go. Scott A. Goin was placed under arrest for the above listed charge. He was booked and lodged in the Gage County Detention Center.”
The affidavit also noted, “The Ex Parte Domestic Abuse Protection Order states that the Respondant (sic), Scott A. Goin, is enjoined and prohibited from telephoning, contacting, or otherwise communicating with the petitioner, Victim.”
Goin was sentenced to 22 days in jail.
The victim in the 2021 case is the same as this current case. At a previous hearing, Casson advised Judge Bauer that, two days after the incident for which Goin was arrested, the petitioner requested the protection order be lifted. The Gage County Court denied that request.
In addition, in Gage County Court, on September 19, 2022, Goin pleaded Guilty to third-degree domestic assault and violation of a protection order. He was sentence to 365 day in jail, with credit for 148 days time served.


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