NEBRASKA CITY – 35-year-old Michael Hord was sentenced to eight to 12 years in prison for distribution of methamphetamine and three years for striking an inmate at the Otoe County jail during an AA meeting.
Hord told District Judge Michael Smith that he was threatened at the meeting.
Hord: “I took the threat as valid. I did not want to be a victim in that situation. What is done is done.”
Otoe County Attorney David Partsh said the inmate required 14 stitches to his cheek and upper lip.
Public Defender Michael Ziskey said Hord only momentarily lost his temper and acted impulsively to something that was said to him.
Hord is one of four people arrested when police raided what defense attorney Tim Noerrlinger called a “meth house” in Nebraska City.
Noerrlinger said inmates at the Otoe County jail told investigators they got meth from the residence, but no one identified Hord.
He said Hord was just sleeping on the couch when police arrived with the Nebraska State Patrol SWAT team.
Judge Smith said Hord has spent most of his adult life in jail on 22 separate offenses.