A man convicted of robbery in Cozad was sentenced to a term of 5 to 8 years in prison Monday. Dawson County District Judge Jim Doyle pronounced the sentence Monday morning on 27-year-old Joseph Pittman and gave him credit for 167 days served in the Dawson County Jail since his arrest. Pittman had been homeless but, living in the Cozad area at the time of the incident. Pittman had previously pleaded guilty to the robbery charge, a second charge of robbery was dismissed. Pittman and another suspect, 19-year-old Christian Poore of Cozad, were accused of robbing two people in a Cozad residence and two people in a Cozad motel room in unrelated incidents.
Poore faces two counts of robbery and two counts of use of a firearm to commit a felony in the case. He’s pleaded innocent and a jury trial on those charges is set for April 11, 2017. Poore remains in the Dawson County Jail on $250,000 bond but, could be released if 10% is posted.
During the sentencing hearing Monday, Pittman said “I apologize to the Sate of Nebraska”. He further stated that what he did was “unacceptable” and he was “not in the right state of mind” at the time.
According to court records, around 12:34am on Sunday, September 25, 2016, the Cozad Police Department received a call alleging an armed robbery occurred at their residence. According to a court affidavit, three masked subjects had forcibly entered the home wearing masks and brandishing a handgun, pointing it at two people. The suspects fled the home after taking a coin purse with a financial card, social security card and identification.
Around 2:14am Sunday, September 25, 2016, officers were called to the Circle S Motel where a male witness said he and another male were approached by two subjects at the nearby Casey’s General Store. The subjects then forcibly entered their motel room, brandished a handgun, demanded money and took their credit cards. One of the subjects took the credit card back to Casey’s General Store and acquired around $100 cash from it. The subject then returned to the motel room where they also took the victim’s passports and an additional $150 in Canadian currency.