Brandon L Hickey, 36, of Hastings, appeared in Jefferson County Court on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, to respond to charges resulting from allegations dating back to 2019. Linda Bauer was the presiding judge.\nThe defendant is charged with the distribution of methamphetamine, a class 2 felony. He is also charged with possession of more than 10 grams but less than 28 grams of methamphetamine, a class 1D felony. Both charges carry a possible penalty of up to 50 years in prison.\nAccording to the Arrest Affidavit, on July 1, 2019, a Nebraska State Patrol confidential informant provided Hickey with $250 for the purchase of seven grams of methamphetamine in Fairbury.\nOn July 3, 2019, a Nebraska State Patrol confidential informant provided Hickey with $500 to purchase 14 grams of methamphetamine.\nA Nebraska state crime laboratory reported dates August 27, 2019, indicated that an analysis was conducted on the suspected substances purchased and confirmed that it was methamphetamine.\nHickey was also charged with operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, a class 4 felony punishable by two years in prison, followed by nine to 12 months of post-release supervision and a $10,000 fine, and first offense reckless driving, a class 3 misdemeanor.\nThe defendant failed to appear for court on May 13, 2020; February 17, 2021 and June 16, 2021\nThe charge of reckless driving has since been dismissed and the remaining charge was reduced to a class 1 misdemeanor that carries a possible penalty of one year in jail, and a $1,000 fine.\nHickey is represented by Public Defender Scott Gropp, who asked for a continuance. Gropp told the judge, \u201cThere may be additional information that points to a different person.\u201d\nThe next hearing is scheduled for September 29. Hickey remains free on a $10,000 bond at this time.