MADISON — A Meadow Grove man will be spending years in prison for making terroristic threats while being a felon in possession of a firearm.
That was the sentence handed down Friday morning in Madison County district court by Judge Mark Johnson to John C. Wulf, 31.
In February 2018, Wulf was originally arrested in Meadow Grove on counts of terroristic threats, protection order violation, use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony and possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person.
In a plea agreement, Wulf only was found guilty on the threats and possession of a firearm charges and a separate charge of possession of methamphetamine in another case.
According to court records, a Meadow Grove woman who had a protection order against Wulf flagged down a deputy with the Madison County Sheriff’s Department on Feb. 27, 2018.
The woman said she had been at a friend’s home a few days earlier, when Wulf arrived with a gun. She said Wulf began yelling and pointing the gun at both her and her friend before he fired the gun at the wall above the woman’s head.
The friend was later interviewed, and she corroborated the allegations. A deputy recovered pieces of a slug from a hole in the friend’s wall.
In court Friday, Madison County Attorney Joe Smith submitted the case on the findings of the pre-sentence investigation (PSI).
Wulf’s attorney, Chelsey Hartner with the Madison County Public Defender’s Office, said her client acknowledged he has a long criminal history and “some pretty significant substance abuse issues.”
Hartner said Wulf had been using his drug of choice, methamphetamine, daily from the age of 22 until last February, when he was 30 years old. Since his arrest, Wulf had been addressing his addiction, she said.
“He was accepted into SRP (Sunrise Place), and he graduated from there and went on to live at the Link, where he’s currently staying,” Hartner said.
Wulf realized that he faced a three-year minimum sentence, and he was asking the court to consider the steps he’d taken in regard to his addiction and sentence him to only that, Hartner said.
She also asked the court to allow Wulf a few days to see his father, who was in surgery for cancer treatment at that time, before turning himself in.
When Wulf was given the chance to address the court, he reiterated his attorney’s request.
“I’d appreciate it if you’d give me a week to give me some time to straighten things out with my father,” Wulf said.
Prior to sentencing, Johnson brought up Wulf’s criminal history.
“You have several assault convictions, some time previously spent at the Nebraska Department of Corrections, one year in the Madison County Jail for assault, and you still owe money to the victim on that other assault from 2014. The domestic violence offender matrix places you at a high risk to re-offend. You have a protection order violation, and a protection order was in place at the time of the current offense,” Johnson said.
He said that though Wulf had been convicted and punished for numerous crimes over a number of years, he had “continued to ignore the law and use threats and intimidation as a way of life.”
“Unless removed from society, some innocent person may end up paying the costs of your temper and behavior,” Johnson said.
He then sentenced Wulf to two-three years in the Nebraska Department of Corrections on the terroristic threats charge. On the firearm charge, Wulf was sentenced to 6-12 years in prison, and he was sentenced to 12-14 months in prison on the methamphetamine charge.
Each sentence is to be served consecutively, or one after the other. Wulf was given credit for 66 days served.
As a result, Wulf must serve at least 4½ years in prison, less 66 days, before he is first eligible for parole, and he must serve at least eight years, less 66 days, before his mandatory release.
Johnson said that while he understood that Wulf’s father is terminally ill, Wulf would not be allowed to turn himself in at a later date.
Johnson also sentenced others on the following charges:
Mandy L. Board, 33, Stanton, attempted burglary, 30 months of probation, $768.10 in restitution, 90 days in jail with credit for 20 days served and two days to be served immediately with the balance to be served prior to the end of probation unless waived, costs.
Delivery of marijuana
Kadyn J. Moore, 21, no address listed, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, two-four years in the Nebraska Department of Corrections with credit for nine days served, costs.
Noel A. Sandoval, 22, Madison, shoplifting — second offense, attempted failure to appear, 12 months of probation, $27.93 in restitution, 60 days in jail with credit for 32 days served, an additional 90 days in jail with credit for 15 days served to be served prior to the end of probation unless waived, 40 hours of community service, costs.
Yoandre Perez-Armenteros, 44, 1900 Parker Circle, Apt. B, theft by unlawful taking, first-degree criminal trespass, 18 months of probation, $1,600 in restitution, 90 days in jail with credit for 21 days served, costs.
Possession of methamphetamine
Adam W. Nielsen, 39, Battle Creek, 18 months of probation, 90 days in jail to be served prior to the end of probation unless waived, costs.